There is a popular belief that any publicity is good publicity. Bollywood, which has significantly benefited from the attention it receives from the media, seems to subscribe to this belief. Whether it is for certain misplaced words, an attempt at sarcasm (deliberate or genuine), or a well thought-out controversy, Bollywood celebrities and movies have always loved to stay in the news, even if it is for the wrong reasons.
People getting offended by the content of films and speeches by the industry fraternity is nothing new. But what happens when you have irked the judiciary? Ask Fox Star Studios, the producers of the upcoming movie Jolly LLB 2. The High Court recently issued orders against the film stating a prima facie case of contempt for projecting the Indian Judiciary negatively. Appointing a panel, the HC ordered the film to be reviewed, and a report to be filed on whether the film should be banned for mocking judicial institutions.
Given that there’s not much time left before the film’s release, the producers had to rush to the Supreme Court to plead for an urgent hearing on their appeal against the HC order. A bench, headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, was told by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi that the film did not project any content that was objectionable. He also added that Jolly LLB 2 isn’t a new film but a sequel of the earlier film, which had no issues when it came to release and screening. Advocate Singhvi also mentioned how the Censor Board approved the release of the film and issued a U/A certification to it. After a brief hearing, the bench agreed to review the issue and list it for a hearing on February 3, at the Supreme Court.
The clock is ticking and fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the film. It will be interesting to watch how the real life Jolly LLB (Advocate Singhvi) fights the case for reel life Jolly LLB!