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Junaid Khan and Jaideep Ahlawat starrer Maharaj gets temporary stay order from Gujarat High Court; release uncertain on June 14: Report

en Bollywood News Junaid Khan and Jaideep Ahlawat starrer Maharaj gets temporary stay order from Gujarat High Court; release uncertain on June 14: Report

Set in pre-independence India (1862), the film narrates the courageous fight of Karsandas Mulji, a journalist, and social reformer.

The release of Yash Raj Films' upcoming period drama of Junaid Khan and Jaideep Ahlawat, Maharaj on Netflix, scheduled for June 14, is uncertain. The Gujarat High Court has granted an ex parte temporary stay on the film's release following a petition filed by a Hindu group.

Junaid Khan and Jaideep Ahlawat starrer Maharaj gets temporary stay order from Gujarat High Court; release uncertain on June 14 Report

Junaid Khan and Jaideep Ahlawat starrer Maharaj gets temporary stay order from Gujarat High Court; release uncertain on June 14: Report

As per a report in Film Information, the petitioners, reportedly associated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal, allege that the film portrays a 19th-century Hindu religious leader from Gujarat in a negative light, potentially hurting religious sentiments. This controversy comes on the heels of nearly 10 days of growing tensions surrounding the film.

Maharaj promises to unveil a hidden chapter of Indian history. Set in pre-independence India (1862), the film narrates the courageous fight of Karsandas Mulji, a journalist, and social reformer. Stepping into the shoes of Mulji is Junaid Khan, marking his debut as the son of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan.

The narrative unfolds against the backdrop of a nation in flux. With just three universities established and the embers of the Sepoy Mutiny still smouldering, India grappled with social and political change. Mulji, a young man studying in Mumbai, emerges as a champion for the marginalized, inspired by his mentor, scholar-leader Dadabhai Naoroji. His unwavering commitment to justice leads him to confront a powerful figure in the infamous Maharaj Libel Case.

Maharaj aims to resurrect Mulji's bravery and bring his story to a modern audience. However, the film's portrayal of a Hindu religious leader has sparked controversy. The VHP and Bajrang Dal have reportedly called for a boycott of the film, further escalating tensions.

As reported by Bollywood Hungama previously, these groups expressed concerns about the film's content in a letter dated June 3rd, addressed to both Netflix and Yash Raj Films. The letter, delivered by Gautam Ravriya, coordinator of the VHP-Bajrang Dal's Konkan region, claims that the film's poster suggests a negative portrayal of a Hindu religious leader. This, they fear, could hurt the sentiments of Hindu viewers and potentially lead to a law and order situation.

The letter further demands a screening for the VHP before the film's global release, suggesting that their future course of action will depend on the content they witness. Ravriya has also taken to social media, uploading videos of himself delivering the letter to Netflix and YRF officials in Mumbai. The videos depict Ravriya asserting that the VHP-Bajrang Dal will not allow the film's release if they find anything objectionable.

ALSO READ: Junaid Khan and Jaideep Ahlawat starrer Maharaj: A Story of One Man’s Courage in Pre-Independence India to premiere on June 14 on Netflix, see first poster

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