‘Raees’: Gangster’s son sues SRK, others; demands Rs 101 cr

Shah Rukh Khan’s ambitious project ‘Raees’ is in trouble with slain gangster Abdul Latif’s son Mushtaq Shaikh filing a defamation suit. Mustaq claimed that the movie portrays his father in a bad light and hurts the family’s reputation while demanding Rs 101 crore as damages.

Civil court judge RT Vatsani on Thursday issued notices to Red Chillies Entertainment, the production house owned by Shah Rukh and his wife Gauri, co-producers Excel Entertainment owned by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and director Rahul Dholakia. The court asked them to file replies by May 11.

In the film, Shah Rukh’s character Raees is said to be loosely based on Ahmedabad-based don Abdul Latif who ran the illicit liquor business in Gujarat during the peak of Prohibition in the 1990s.  

Mushtaq, who filed the suit through advocate Harsh Gajjar, also sought injunction against the release of the film as well as its promotional material. The petitioner claimed that in the recently released trailer of the movie Shah Rukh’s character is shown running brothel and using women bootleggers, something the “real Latif never did.”

“There were 97 cases lodged against Latif in his life time. These cases were for bootlegging and serious offences under TADA, however, at no point he ran a brother or used women for delivering liquor. By attributing such false claims in the movie trailer the respondents have defamed the family’s image in the society,” advocate Gajjar was quoted in a report in The Indian Express.

Latif, who had over 40 murder cases filed against him, was arrested in 1995 and killed by police in 1997 while trying to escape from Sabarmati jail.

Besides Shah Rukh, the film also Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan. It was slated to release on the occasion of Eid this year, but according to recent reports, it has been shifted to a later date.