Mumbai court asks Aamir to file reply over nude poster

<PK>Even though the second poster of ‘PK’ is out now and has a fully clothed Aamir Khan, the controversy over the naked first poster is refusing to die down. Although the Supreme Court of India has dismissed a PIL that appealed for ban on the poster and the film, there are several similar lawsuits pending in various courts across India. A Mumbai civil court has recently asked Aamir Khan to file a reply to a civil suit filed against him and others seeking a ban on the nude poster and also on the release of ‘PK’.

The order was given by Civil Judge M S Sharma who has asked Aamir to file his reply by August 25. The Judge also asked the complainant’s lawyer R N Kachave to convince the court that a case of obscenity and vulgarity can made out against the actor. The suit is filed by activist Hemant Patil. He has said that Aamir is a good actor and host of popular TV show `Satyamev Jayate`. His public image is clean and good. However, by appearing nude for publicity, the actor had done a "shameful" act and hence he should withdraw the images. Apart from Aamir, the other defendants are director Rajkumar Hirani, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and the Censor Board office bearers.

Despite such controversy Aamir Khan did not seem to backtrack. During the launch of the second poster few days ago, the actor revealed that the posters of the film are designed to create confusion among audience. Aamir said, "Normally, films promos are launched first but we have decided to launch a series of posters with 'PK'. Every two to three weeks, there will be a new poster which will be introduced. We will have a poster campaign...We will release eight to ten posters till the time the film is released…We want to confuse the people with the release of every poster. But there is a story in each and every image that we reveal."

The second poster shows Aamir in traditional Rajasthani attire, playing a trumpet bearing the name 'Bhairosingh Band'. Aamir also expressed his views on the controversy over the first poster. He said, "I have achieved what I wanted to out of the first 'PK' poster. I have got some good reactions from people in the industry…some people have loved it (poster) and some people didn't like it. The jokes were really funny. Some people even posed in the same fashion and we really enjoyed it. But you all will understand once you see the film. I am happy with the response."