'Jolly LLB 2' controversy: The order of events so far

Updated: 10 February, 2017 12:27 IST
  • 'Jolly LLB 2' controversy: The order of events so far
    In January 2017, the producers of the film 'Jolly LLB 2' were issued notices by the Bombay High Court asking them to reply to a petition, which demanded that the word LLB be dropped from the title. The court also said it would watch the two trailers released of the movie before the next hearing. The petition was filed by lawyer Ajaykumar S Waghmare of Nanded in High Court's Aurangabad bench claiming that several scenes in the trailers showed advocates playing cards and dancing on the court premises, reflecting poorly on lawyers. The petition also stated that the scenes were a deliberate attempt to malign the reputation of the Indian Legal Profession. The petitioner urged the court to stop the trailers and asked the producers to tender an unconditional apology and the court to act against them for contempt
  • 'Jolly LLB 2' controversy: The order of events so far
    A couple of days later, the HC formed a three-member committee to watch the film and submit a report in the case. Advocate Panditrao Anerao, appearing for the petitioner, had pointed out to the bench that the lead character was seen jumping on the dais before a sitting judge. Following the claim, Justice Kanade formed a committee of two lawyers and a doctor, and ordered the producers to organise a special screening of the movie for them
  • 'Jolly LLB 2' controversy: The order of events so far
    The Supreme Court agreed the hear the plea by Fox Star Studio, challenging the Bombay High Court order that a three-member committee would hold review of the film 'Jolly LLB 2' before its release. The bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar agreed to hear the plea by the producer of the film which has contended that there could not be any scrutiny of the movie after film censor board had given it a U/A certificate
  • 'Jolly LLB 2' controversy: The order of events so far
    In a setback to the makers, the Supreme Court asked them to first approach the Bombay High Court where a petition against the film was filed for allegedly showing the legal profession in poor light. If you think as per law you cannot show the movie to the panel, why don't you argue the same before the Bombay High Court," asked Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The SC bench also said that the HC will decide on all pleas while it will give an ear to the matter only if the need arises. The hearing will take place on February 7. Giving in to the pressure, the producers showed the film to the panel
  • 'Jolly LLB 2' controversy: The order of events so far
    The Bombay High Court's Aurangabad Bench on Monday, February 6, ordered deletion of four scenes from 'Jolly LLB 2', which it held are defamatory to the judiciary and could amount to contempt of court. A bench ordered the Central Board of Film Certification to certify the film afresh after implementing the cuts in the Akshay Kumar-starrer. The order follows a report by a court-appointed three-member committee of experts. The committee viewed the film in Aurangabad and submitted its two-page report stating that a particular scene is "defamatory to the lawyers' profession and would be contempt of court". They added that the visual or words also involved "defamation of the body of lawyers and undermines the dignity of lawyers and courts". After taking the report on record, the judges ordered that the scenes objected to by the committee should be deleted and that the CBFC should re-certify the film, Waghmare said (In pic: Saurabh Shukla, who plays a judge in the movie)
  • Reactions
    It's really sad, because ultimately, it is the producer, director and the cast who are going to suffer for no fault of theirs. The Censor Board has already certified the film. If the High Court has taken some step to ask for amendments or stop the film, then there is really a conflict of interest between competent authorities. I am sure there is some kind of communication gap when it comes to laying down rules. But we all have the right to know [question] on what basis the judgment was passed, and how the film is an insult to the court and lawyers -- Annu Kapoor, who plays an advocate in the film
  • 'Jolly LLB 2' controversy: The order of events so far
    We are a responsible body and know how to do our job. We wouldn't have cleared the movie if we felt their intention was to disrespect anybody. It is a work of fiction, not a documentary, and made for the sake for entertainment. I don't see why there is an issue if the film runs a disclaimer at the beginning -- Pahlaj Nihalani, chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification
  • 'Jolly LLB 2' controversy: The order of events so far
    We had to go through the same [legal hassles] last time too, after a few lawyers filed a petition against us, demanding the release be stalled. However, we had a more generous judge last time. He pulled up the petitioners, saying, ‘Do you want me to show the kind of spelling mistakes you make?’ (referring to a scene in the trailer that triggered the petition)." Calling out mischief makers, he says people tend to target the film industry to push their personal agenda. "The bigger the star or the movie, the more mileage one gets. People make all kinds of noise but the sad part is that the law machinery doesn’t care – Arshad Warsi, the lead of 'Jolly LLB'
  • More trouble
    On February 6, a Jaipur court summoned actors Akshay Kumar and Annu Kapoor, along with director Subhash Kapoor, for allegedly portraying lawyers in bad light in their upcoming movie Jolly LLB 2. The action was taken following a complaint filed by a lawyer, Tikam Chand Sharma. The trio has been asked to appear before the court on March 10
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Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Jolly LLB 2' is scheduled to hit theatres on February 10, but days ahead of its release it is entangled in court battles, fighting petitions against its screening. Some significant developments

First Published: 08 February, 2017 11:00 IST