1. Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ row: Delhi High Court hits out against religious intolerance in India

Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ row: Delhi High Court hits out against religious intolerance in India

Growing instances of religious "intolerance" have to be "nipped in the bud" as the country can "ill-afford" that they spread like...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 19, 2015 3:15 PM
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Dismissing a PIL against Aamir Khan’s block buster ‘PK’, a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw said “the present petition is an instance of a growing tendency in the country of intolerance.” (Bollywood Hungama)

In the wake of the row created around Aamir Khan starrer ‘PK’, Delhi High Court has observed that growing instances of religious “intolerance” have to be “nipped in the bud” as the country can “ill-afford” that they spread like “wild fire”.

Dismissing a PIL against Aamir Khan’s block buster ‘PK’, a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw said “the present petition is an instance of a growing tendency in the country of intolerance and which tendency has to be nipped in the bud and unless done so, is likely to spread like wild fire and which the country can ill-afford.”

The bench also observed that just as the Constitution protected the right of an artist to portray social reality in all its forms, seeing a film was a conscious choice of the spectator and those offended by the content or the theme of a particular film were free to avoid watching it.

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A still from ‘PK’ movie. (Image: Bollywood Hungama)

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The High Court said the film, which broke the box office records with over Rs 600 crore global business, illustrated the social evil prevalent and cannot be considered as contemptuous of the essential tenets and beliefs of Hindu religion or as promoting communal attitude.

“We are unable to hold the film or any sequence thereof being contemptuous of the essential tenets and beliefs of Hindu religion or as promoting communal attitude. The said sequences have to be necessarily shown to illustrate the social evil prevalent,” it further said in a recent order.

The bench dismissed the PIL seeking directions to delete “objectionable” scenes from ‘PK’ claiming that the contents of the film have hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.

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After the ban row, yet another controversy has hit Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma’s ‘PK’ movie, this time about its box office collections, which have created an all-time record in India grossing over Rs 300 cr. Read all about it: ‘PK’ in ‘fixing’ row (PTI)

“The petitioner is assuming that the faith and belief of persons in their religion, whether it be Hindu or any other, is so frail as to be shaken or be scandalized by the depictions in the film to which objection is taken. The said assumption in our view is totally mistaken.

“The sequences of the film to which objection is taken are in the nature of a satire bordering on parody on certain Hindu customs and practices.

The said sequences in the film can thus also be seen as socially beneficial, helping a better understanding of the religion,” the court said.

The bench further said that “in a diverse country as ours, citizens and residents profess nearly all religions, people are used to a high level tolerance in the matters of religion”.

People have also come out in support of the film on Twitter:

“The Constitution protects the right of the artist to portray social reality in all its forms. Some of that portrayal may take the form of questioning values and mores that are prevalent in society,” it said.

The High Court also said that watching a film is a conscious choice of the spectator and those offended by the content or the theme of a particular film are free to avoid watching the film.

The High Court was hearing a PIL filed by a local priest Ajay Gautam seeking directions to delete “objectionable” scenes from the movie ‘PK’ claiming that the contents of the film have hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.

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    Atheist jock
    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:54 am
    Coming from a non religious atheist not a mccauley brainwashed secular whose every cell is effected by Muslim Christian theology through Kantian ontology the justice system of India is British Stalin was right that India was not getting independence from the British, what a hypocritical essment by the judge who would have banned any criticism of Islam . The uneducated stooges like hirani and aamir do not have the guts to attack the real v Culprits of religion the Christians who annihilated the potions of the new world, and diabolically metestcized their Christianity into a killing machine And yes Islam thaeir paragon of peace slaughtered and obliterated the Babylonians and the Persians. Neither Christians nor Muslims have a logical Epistemology, or ethics . They keep criticizing Hindus on idol worship While retaining their revengeful god who punishes non believers. So hirani and khan want Hindus to leave their religion and join Islam. Let me tell you that there is no god and you can readbudha, Mahavira, Kapila or Nagasena. Are you ready for the reality to debunk the churches and masjid a Mr Khan has already been to the Hajj and promulgates its benifits, he wants his children to be slaves to Islam without giving them the choice of their mother's religion. The idol worship of Muslims seems to be okay.and yes why do you want your children to be I kabba worshipping Muslims either because you think Islam is superior or you think women have no rights either you are typical fanatic Muslim believing in a dogma or a male chauvanist or both. Mr. hirani with his Christian education is filled to the brim with his abrahamic samskaras to realize that idol worship is superior to bible or kurgan worship Pority of the movie does not make it harmless. Either you make a sequel showing the pernicious dogmatism and exclusivism of the abrahamics or have an argument with someone whom owns something about philosophy. I know tha McCauley is laughing in his grave
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      fanta
      Jan 20, 2015 at 12:17 am
      Brahmins wants to enslave other castes and religions.RSS,VHP,BJP and its sister organizations are tool to achieve this.So be careful other caste people are becoming inferior to this cunning BJP RSS VHP politics.Protect your self from this racist people. In present central government,In every important potion brahimins and Brahmin supporters are sitting. Planing to make other people as their slaves. Protect yourself from these racist and fascit people. No body beat indian secular spirit.
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        choudhary zohaib
        Feb 8, 2015 at 10:46 am
        ♥♡♥♡♥Best of luck Amir bro♥♡♥♡ Choudhary zohaib (stan)
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          ramus
          Jan 20, 2015 at 7:50 am
          Hey Judges - The movie did not just depict the hindu practice, it made fun of it. You need to look at the subtle part of acting. Even in Hollywood, this movie would have been questionable. If you turn the movie into social depicting practices of Islam or other religions whether you same judges would agree the same point? There are many social problems the movie could have focused on, why on hurting the feelings of believers?
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