Anubhav Sinha and Soumik Sen’s Gulaab Gang might not hit the theatres this Friday
Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Juhi Chawla’s first film together, Gulaab Gang has hit a roadblock. The much awaited film based on the pink revolution was perfectly timed for a release just a day before Women’s Day. Both the actors ensured that their film’s promotions and promos grabbed eyeballs. However, with Sampat Pal having filed a case against the movie at the Delhi High Court just two days before the movie’s release, looks like the dhak-dhak gal’s fans might just have to wait longer. But Gulaab Gang isn’t the only movie to be embroiled in a controversy just before its release, Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop and Vishwaroopam, Shahrukh Khan’s My Name is Khan, Aamir Khan’s Ghajini and Hrithik Roshan – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer magnum opus Jodha Akbar too were stuck in some legal and political trouble before they finally hit the theatres.
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s passionate love story faced strong opposition from certain communities and groups in Gujarat. While the film’s title was changed from Ram-Leela to Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, the UP High Court had banned this film as they felt the movie hurt Hindu sentiments. However it got a go-ahead from the Censor Board. And even after the film’s release and subsequent success at the box-office an FIR was registered against the makers of the film.
Vishwaroopam /Vishwaroop: Kamal Haasan was an angry man, first there was the DTH issue, following which the Tamil Nadu government banned his much anticipated movie from releasing in the state after Islamic groups raised objection. Apparently Haasan had put all his money into this movie and even mortgaged his property for this ambitious dream project. The delay played a spoil sport and the thick security at the theatres was also a dampener. The actor got immense support from the industry whether it was Salman Khan or then Anurag Kashyap, everybody spoke in favour of Haasan. The film finally released, while it made money down south, the Hindi version did not fare well. Haasan had pledged if this episode ever repeated he would leave the country.
My Name is Khan: Shahrukh Khan‘s last movie with Karan Johar created a lot of buzz, be it his detainment at the Newark airport or then SRK’s trouble with the Shiv Sena. This film managed to stay in the limelight thanks to politics. After King Khan batted for Pakistani cricketers in IPL season 3, he faced the heat from Shiv Sena workers who threatened to stall the release of the film. While attempts were made by Sena workers to stop MNIK release, the film released on the same day at noon. Sena workers who pelted stones at the theatre were arrested and the film went on to become a hit.
Ghajini: Aamir Khan‘s super hit film with AR Murugadoss found itself amidst copyright issue, after the producer of the film filed a copyright violation case against the director. However, the film went to release on the scheduled date and was even declared a blockbuster after it got a super duper opening.
Jodha Akbar: Ashutosh Gowariker’s film with Aishwarya and Hrithik was eagerly awaited, however, Rajputs in Rajasthan banned this film as they felt that the filmmaker had meddled with the facts. According to the Rajputs, Jodha was not Akbar’s wife, she was instead married to his son Salim. Gowariker claimed that he had supporting details and went ahead with the film’s release.
With Gulaab Gang now facing the heat of Sampat Pal’s legal complaint, we wonder if this might just add in the film’s publicity or will it hamper the film’s fate at the box office.