IMA takes ‘Gabbar Is Back’ to court, demands written apology from the makers

After its request to the I&B Ministry and censor board for removal of the “derogatory” scenes from the film ‘Gabbas Is Back’, fell on deaf ears, the IMA has decided to take the matter to court and has served legal notices to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Akshay Kumar.

The Indian Medical Association noted that in accordance with the Cinematograph Act, 1952, and other provisions of law, the director, producer and actor are under the obligation and responsible so that no scene from the movie incites commission of any offence.

According to the doctors’ body ‘Gabbar Is Back’ projects the profession in an extremely bad, derogatory and unrealistic manner and sends a wrong signal to the general public. The movie produced by Bhansali and directed by Krish has a sequence where the lead actor Akshay approaches a hospital with a dead person in order to expose the medical staff who earns money by fraudulent means.

“The film shows doctors intentionally providing medical treatment to a person who was already dead before being brought to a hospital. The scene in the movie has not only lowered the dignity of the medical profession, but has also provoked the public at large against the noble profession,” IMA national president Prof. A. Marthanda Pillai, president-elect Dr. S.S. Aggarwal and hony. secretary general Dr. K.K. Aggarwal said in a joint statement issued on May 13.

“The producers, directors and actors created false images for the public so that the movie becomes a hit... The said scene has caused immense loss to the reputation of the doctors,” the statement revealed the contents of the legal notice.

The IMA has demanded that the makers of the film tender a written apology to doctors in national newspapers and pay Rs 5 crore as compensation for damaging the image of the medical profession.

Earlier when the movie released on May 1, the IMA had written to the I&B Ministry and censor board demanding immediate removal of the objectionable scenes and putting a ban on the movie until then.

“With violence against doctors on the rise, such type of unjustified message through the movie will only add fuel to the fire,” Dr Jayesh Lele, president-elect, IMA-Maharashtra had said then.