BOLLYWOOD Kiss Inciting Lawsuit

  1. Fri Jan 5, 4:32 AM ET

    A court in central India has heard statements from a lawyer complaining that an on-screen kiss by Bollywood belle Aishwarya Rai and co-star Hrithik Roshan contravened the country's strict laws against obscenity.
    The court in the city of Indore recorded statements from a local lawyer, Shailendra Dwivedi, who filed the complaint over last year's biggest Bollywood grossing film, "Dhoom 2" (Have a Blast 2).
    The case is set to be heard on January 25.


    "I have already submitted details of the film, the controversial scene, alongside newspaper write-ups and photographs," Dwivedi, a self-confessed moral conduct crusader, told AFP Friday.


    "My conscience made me file this case. The movie cannot be watched by Indian families as it depicts vulgarity," he said.
    His complaint is based on section 292 (vulgarity) and section 509 (derogatory to women) of the Indian Penal Code, and states that "Dhoom 2 lowered the dignity of Indian women and gave an obscene message to India's youth".


    In the movie, Hrithik kisses former Miss World Aishwarya inside a house, just after a Brazilian carnival sequence. Although many Bollywood productions feature raunchy dance scenes, actual kissing is rarely shown on-screen.
    The film, a sequel to the hit biker-gangster film "Dhoom", collected 1.65 billion rupees (37 million dollars) worldwide.


    Dwivedi has in the past filed a case against Bollywood director J.P. Dutta's "LoC Kargil" after the Indian flag was shown wrongly draped.
    He has also filed a case against famed Indian painter M.F. Husain for painting Hindu goddesses in the nude.





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