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09-24-2010, 11:44 PM #1
HC dismisses appeal on Aamir Khan’s new film
The Delhi HC today dismissed a plea demanding the title of forthcoming Aamir Khan`s movie `Dhobi Ghat` on the ground that it offended the sensitivity of a particular “caste”.A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra dismissed a public attention litigation seeking it to frame rule to prevent use of name of castes in the title of films.The plead filed by Hindustan Kanojia Organisation of Dhobis` Chairman Vinod Kumar Kanojia contended that storyline of the film does not revolve around `dhobi ghat` (the place where washermen wash clothes).
“The storyline has nothing to do with `dhobi ghat` and the use of the word `dhobi` hurt sensibility of a particular caste,” the advocate appearing for Kanojia pleaded, while seeking court`s direction to producer Khan to change the title of the film.The counsel claimed that the community has been notified as planned Caste in the Constitution and calling any person by its name was a punishable offence.The Hindi flick has Bollywood actor Aamir Khan in the role of a painter and Prateek Babbar, son of filmstar-turned- politician Raj Babbar as a laundry boy.
Rejecting the petitioner`s contention, the court said that `Dhobi Ghat` is a geographical description of a place and is not offensive.