Whenever a big Bollywood film is in the works, it tends to attract plenty of controversy from all quarters. However, Shah Rukh’s Raees in particular seems to be a veritable controversy magnet. After running into trouble with the VHP and Shiv Sena, Raees has now landed in a proper legal soup. The film is loosely based on a real life gangster named Abdul Latif who ran a bootlegging business in Gujarat back in the 90s. Now, Abdul’s son Mustak has taken offense and filed a case against nine people associated with the movie including actors Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Mustak has sent them a cease-and-desist legal notice seeking to prevent the film from releasing. He claims that his father was a ‘famous businessman with deep roots in society’ and the movie shows him in a false and negative light.
Previously, VHP members had protested the shooting of the film in Gujarat, an act which was in response to SRK’s comments about intolerance. On the other hand, Shiv Sena is unhappy with the fact that a Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is the female lead in the movie. As always, we hope common sense turns out to be the real victor.