It was earlier reported that advocate Ajaykumar S Waghmare had filed a petition in Bombay High Court for dropping the word 'LLB' from the title of Subhash Kapoor's upcoming courtroom drama Jolly LLB 2. Now, the Supreme Court will hear the case on 7 February.
Bombay High Court had found prima facie case of contempt against Jolly LLB 2. The petition was ordered to be converted into a Public Interest Litigation and a three-member committee was formed to review the film and decide whether a case of contempt can be made against the film, given the fact that it is inspired by true events and has been projected as a satire on the judicial system of the country.
The Supreme Court has now directed Bombay High Court to hear the report of this three-member committee on 6 February. The apex court has also directed the High Court to hear the objections of the filmmakers on the same day. The Supreme Court will then hear the petition on the next day, i.e., 7 February.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the filmmakers, argued that there is nothing in the film that maligns the reputation of the legal profession, as alleged by Waghmare's petition. Waghmare had objected to some of the shots in the trailer of the film that shows lawyers playing cards (read: gambling) and engaging in other similar activities in the court premises that demean the prestigious profession as a whole.
Also, the Supreme Court has refused to stay the release of the film until it hears the petition on 7 February. The film, as of now, is still slated to release on 10 February.
Jolly LLB 2 is the sequel to Subhash Kapoor's 2013 National Award-winning film Jolly LLB. It stars Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor. The film was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification with a U/A certificate and no cuts.
Published Date: Feb 03, 2017 01:50 pm | Updated Date: Feb 10, 2017 10:31 am