PATNA: The Patna High Court today issued notices to prominent film director Prakash Jha and his production company on a petition filed by Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Nitin Navin charging his film Jai Gangaajal of tarnishing his image. Jha has been asked to reply by February 29.
Significantly, the movie starring Priyanaka Chopra and Jha himself among others is scheduled for release on March 4.
In his petition to the court, the BJP lawmaker alleged the filmmaker had tarnished his image by portraying the villain in the movie as a four-time legislator from Bankipore. Curiously, the movie story-line bears stark similarly to that of present lawmaker who joined politics after death of his father Navin Sinha.
“It seems the filmmaker has tried to tarnish the image of the BJP legislator. Except for the change of name of the character, everything remains the same,” lawmaker’s counsel Ajay Kumar Thakur told the media today.
Navin moved the court after the filmmaker refused to tender apology and delete the “objectionable” references with regard to his constituency.
The fresh development comes barely a week after deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav accused Jha of showing Bihar in poor light. “Prakash Jha is responsible for the negative image of Bihar. His ‘Gangaajal’ and a TV serial currently on air ‘Bahubali’ created a negative image of Bihar,” Yadav was quoted as saying while inaugurating the Patna Film Festival on Friday.
Jha’s another movie “Aapharan” based on the thriving kidnapping industry in Bihar during the RJD rule too had created tempest with the angry protestors close to Lalu Prasad’s brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav not allowing the film to be screened in the movie theatres.