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BREAKING: Gujarat High Court lifts stay order on Yash Raj Films’ Maharaj; says, “It doesn’t hurt religious sentiments”; Netflix given go-ahead to stream Junaid Khan starrer

en Bollywood News BREAKING: Gujarat High Court lifts stay order on Yash Raj Films’ Maharaj; says, “It doesn’t hurt religious sentiments”; Netflix given go-ahead to stream Junaid Khan starrer

The premiere production house Yash Raj Films and OTT platform Netflix can heave a sigh of relief. Today, that is June 21, the Gujarat High Court lifted the stay order on the film Maharaj. The period drama was all set to release on Netflix on June 14. However, just a day before the release, the Gujarat High Court stayed the release.

BREAKING: Gujarat High Court lifts stay order on Yash Raj Films’ Maharaj; says, “It doesn’t hurt religious sentiments”; Netflix given go-ahead to stream Junaid Khan starrer

The trial for the case began on June 19 and was heard on a daily basis. Both sides put forward their points in a detailed manner while arguing the case. The petitioners believed that the film hurts religious sentiments and could cause law and order issues. The advocates representing Yash Raj Films and Netflix reasoned that the film is based on the book ‘Maharaj’ by Saurabh Shah and that this book has been available since 2013 and hasn’t led to any problems. They assured that the film doesn’t depict any religion in a bad light.

One of the major points of the petitioners was that Maharaj was based on the 1862 libel case. The judgment given in this case by the then Supreme Court of Bombay was defamatory. The respondents revealed that the film never shows or reads aloud the judgment though it does depict the trial that took place at that time.

On Wednesday, Justice Sangeeta K Vishen was requested to view the film and she agreed to the plea. Ms Vishen, while giving the judgment on June 21, said that the court didn’t find anything objectionable. She also maintained that the film doesn’t hurt the religious feelings of the petitioners or the Pushtimarg sect. She further remarked that since the time the book ‘Maharaj’ was released, no untoward law and order incident has come to light. She added that even the petitioners have not placed any such incident on record.

As a result, Justice Sangeeta K Vishen decided to vacate the stay order and allowed Netflix to stream the film.

Set in 1862, Maharaj is based on the Maharaj Libel Case fought between a prominent religious figure and Karsandas Mulji, a journalist and social reformer, in the Supreme Court of Bombay. According to the press statement released by the makers, it was one of the most significant legal battles of all time. Besides Junaid Khan, Maharaj also stars Jaideep Ahlawat and Shalini Pandey with Sharvari in a cameo. It is directed by Siddharth P Malhotra of Hichki (2018) fame.

Also Read: Junaid Khan faced SEVEN REJECTIONS, including his dad Aamir Khan’s film Laal Singh Chaddha

More Pages: Maharaj Box Office Collection , Maharaj Movie Review


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