Thank God, starring Ajay Devgn and Siddharth Malhotra, has been plagued by controversy even before its release. The film’s release has been temporarily halted after a petition challenging what were claimed to be offensive comments against Lord Chitragupta was filed with the Supreme Court. The petition had been requested for an emergency hearing, but the court declined to do so on Wednesday. On October 25, the film will be released in theatres.
November 1 is set aside for a hearing.
The petition of Shree Chitragupta Welfare Trust has been scheduled for November 1 before a bench consisting of Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice Bela M Trivedi. The petition has asked that the film’s release be postponed and its trailers and posters, which allegedly include “characters of Lord Chitragupta,” be removed from online video-sharing sites like YouTube. Defamatory words, disparaging actions, derogatory comments, conversations, and negative visuals surround it.
Taking on the role of Lord Chitragupta is Ajay Devgan.
Petitioner’s attorney argued that the petition would be moot by the time the film is released on October 25. This was met with a response from the bench that “It can be heard later.” In the movie, Ajay Devgan portrayed Lord Chitragupta, revered by the Hindu community, particularly the Kayastha caste.
This is what the petitioner stated as their complaint.
According to the petition, “by making and releasing the film mentioned above,” the respondents are violating the “basic rights” of the petitioner and other Kayastha people in the country. Ajay Devgan, Bhushan Kumar, and Indra Kumar are all named as defendants in a case brought by the Central Board of Film Certification.