Film fire: Vedic scholars say Pt Talpade incorrectly portrayed in 'Hawaizaada', seek stay

Vishwas Waghmode

Jan 27, 2015 20:58:11 IST

Mumbai: Four self-proclaimed Vedic scholars from Maharashtra moved Bombay High Court on Tuesday seeking a stay on the release of the movie, Hawaizaada, reportedly based on Indian scholar Pandit Shivkar Bapuji Talpade.

Ajit Pramod Talpade, the descendant of Talpade is the petitioner along with three others that include Virendra Agrawal, Rushikesh Khilare and Rohit Apurva who are claimed to be the research scholars in Vedic sciences. The petitioners have objected that the main character of the movie is inspired by Talpade is named as ‘Shivkar’, which resembles with real character, is shown as ‘consuming liquor and in illicit relations with one Bar-dancer’. The scholars have claimed in their petition that the movie is based on the distorted facts about the personal life of Talpade.

Film fire: Vedic scholars say Pt Talpade incorrectly portrayed in Hawaizaada, seek stay

Ayushmann Khurrana in Hawaizadda. Image courtesy Hawaizadda Facebook page

According to the petition, the main character in the movie is shown as a student in the trailer, who failed eight times in fourth standard during the school education, which is contrary to the fact that he was a personality with great academic records and intellect. It is also shown that he was opposed by his own family for his interest in the aviation science which is incorrect.

The petitioner stated that the personality of such a great scholar is ruined by the character which is reportedly inspired by the life of Talpade. In reality, Talpade was a scholar with principles and a family person, who should be respected for his great work towards the society.

"Any distortion with the real story of a great Indian scholar will mislead the perception of the general public regarding great Indian scholar. Showing the historic personality in public through the movie may send the wrong message to the public that Pt Shivkar Bapuji Talpade was a negative personality," the petition said.

However, the advocate representing the petitioners said that they are not against the movie but only the way the main character has been portrayed.

"We congratulate the producers for making a good movie on the life of a great Indian scholar but we request that producers must add some original photographs and the original story of Pandit Shivkar Talpade to acknowledge his great work towards nation,” said Pankaj Pandey, advocate for the petitioners, speaking to Firstpost.

A division bench of justices VM Kanade and Revati Mohite-Dhere today asked the respondents to add a disclaimer that this movie is not based on the life of Talpade as sought by the petitioners. But the respondents showed inability to recall all the trailers to add the disclaimer in such a short period, said Pandey. He said they would appeal to the court to stay the release of the film on 29 January.

The petitioners have also asked the court to form a judicial committee to look into the movie and a special screening before the committee. The movie is scheduled to be released on 30 January.

Reliance Entertainment spokesperson in a statement said, "The issue was brought in the court and we are happy to inform you that it did not issue a stay on the film. It will release on Jan 30th 2015 globally."

During the Indian Science Congress held at University of Mumbai in January, a controversy erupted after a paper presented by Captain Anand Bodas, a retired principal of a pilot training institute and Ameya Jadhav, a college teacher claimed the existence of interplanetary aircraft and airplanes in India 7,000 years ago.

It also said that in 1895, eight years before the Wright brothers’, Talpade and his wife demonstrated a plane at Girgaum Chowpatty beach in Mumbai. The 102nd edition of the Indian Science Congress was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Updated Date: Jan 27, 2015 20:58:11 IST