Ahmedabad: A local court today issued a notice to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's production house in response to a suit filed by the son of the gangster Abdul Latif, claiming damages for defaming his late father.
'Raees' poster. Pic/Santa Banta
City civil court judge R T Vatsani issued notices to Red Chillies Entertainment Private Limited, Khan's production house, and co-producers Excel Entertainment and Rahul Dholakia Productions. Replies are to be filed by May 11.
The film is reportedly based on Latif's life. His son Mustaq Ahmad also sought injunction against the release of the film as well as its promotional material.
The second part of the film shows Latif in a very defamatory manner and damages the family's reputation, the suit says, while demanding Rs 101 crore in damages.
The petitioner claims that when the script was being researched, his family members were consulted and the producers had also advertised that the film was based on Latif's life.
The film, starring Shah Rukh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mahira Khan, tells the story of Raees Khan, a bootlegger who operated in 1980s Gujarat. It will release on July 3.
Latif, wanted in dozens of cases of murder, kidnapping and bootlegging, was said to be a part of Dawood Ibrahim gang.
He was arrested in 1995 and killed by police in 1997 while trying to escape from Sabarmati jail here.