Maraikkar petitions not to screen film; The High Court directed the Center to take a decision within four weeks
Kochi: The High Court has directed the Central government to take a decision within four weeks on the complaint that the Mohanlal-Priyadarshan film Maraikkar should not be screened in the Arabian Sea Lion.
The court directed the government to file a complaint against Mufeeda Arafat Maraikkar, a member of the Maraikkar family, alleging that Kunhali was distorting Marakkar’s life.
According to the complaint, a complaint was lodged with the government in February last year against granting permission for the screening of the film, but no action was taken.
The petitioners told the court that the Censor Board had replied that the complaint had been forwarded to the concerned ministry, while the ministry said it could not intervene in the matter.
The plaintiffs said that it was clear from the teaser of the film that Kunhalimaraikar’s life was portrayed in a factual manner.
It can also lead to animosity between communities. The petition seeks permission for the film only after it is examined by a panel of experts.
The family alleges that the film, which is being dubbed a historical film, is distorting history. The main issue was the idol of Lord Ganesha in the turban of Kunjalimaraikkar IV, played by Mohanlal.
She said Kunhali Maraikkar, a Muslim, had never used such symbols on her turban. They came to the scene with such a complaint citing the portraits of Kunjali Maraikar in the historical records as evidence.
The turban of the Kunjali woods resembled a Turkish hat. But in the picture it was shaped like a Sikh turban. Advocate Nuruddin, the plaintiff’s lawyer, said the film was scripted and shot without even doing basic research.
Mufeeda Maraikkar had said that the film, which did not do justice to history, was an insult not only to his family but to the entire community.
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