High court refuses to stay ‘Shanghai’ release for ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ song

The Delhi High Court Wednesday (June 6) dismissed a plea seeking stay of the June 8 release of Bollywood film Shanghai, saying that there was nothing insulting in its song Bharat mata ki jai. A division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajiv Shakdher said: “We do not find anything objectionable in the said song. In a democracy, every person has a right to voice his views and opinions…the same right to speech and expression cannot be curtailed except under some circumstances.”

A petition had been filed on June 4 in the Delhi High Court for an interim stay on the June 8 release of upcoming Bollywood film Shanghai until its controversial song Bharat mata ki jai was deleted.