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Few months ago, when Shah Rukh Khan starrer Billu was all set to release, a section of the barber's community tried to stop the release as they were upset since the film was earlier called Billu Barber. SRK amicably sorted out the differences and eventually dropped the word 'Barber' from the film's title.
Now Aamir Khan's Dhobi Ghat, directed by his wife Kiran Rao, finds itself in a similar soup as the Dhobi community is offended with the title of the film. Mr. Vinod Kumar Kanojia, Chairman of Hindustan Kanojia organization of Dhobis has filed a case against director Kiran Rao in the Delhi High Court asking for a change in the title. In his opinion, the makers of Dhobi Ghat have zeroed in on such a title to make a mockery and hurt the feelings of the Dhobi community.
However, The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea challenging the title 'Dhobi Ghat' on the ground that it offended the sensitivity of a particular 'caste'. Rejecting the petitioner's contention, the court said that 'Dhobi Ghat' is a geographical description of a place and is not offensive. Holding that the PIL is 'an abuse of process of law', the court also imposed a cost of Rs. 25,000 on the petitioner and asked him to deposit the amount in Blind's Relief Association.