Ranveer-Deepika’s ‘Ram Leela’ is now ‘Galiyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela’

Since its inception, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Ram Leela’ has been in news and surrounded with controversy. The Prabhu Samaj Dharmik 'Ram-Leela' Committee raised objection on the title of the film and just one day before the film’s release date, the makers have changed the title from ‘Ram Leela’ to ‘Galiyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela’.

Delhi court has put a stay order on the film release due to its controversial title, vulgarity and sex content but Sanjay Leela Bhansali has made all the changes to get UA certificate from the censor board.

A Delhi court on Tuesday put a stay order on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie. Additional District Judge AS Jayachandra, restrained the director and the producer of the movie from releasing it in an ex-parte interim order till further notice. The suit was filed against director and producer of the movie, Sanjay Leela Bhansali; the production company, Eros International Media Limited; and the Central Board of Film Certification for granting certificate to the film for release

The stay order came in force after six petitioners filed a plea. The petitioners also included Prabhu Samaj Dharmik Ram Leela Committee. According to them the movie promoted sex, violence and vulgarity.

The plea said that the title of the movie ‘Ram Leela’ is misleading. Ram-Leela is a very pious word for Hindus as it depicts the life journey and teachings of Shri Ram who is a Hindu god. But the movie is contrary to that. The plea also said that the title may cheat people. Many audiences will go to the theatre thinking that they will be watching a mythological film and will be taken by embarrassing surprise. The film aims to hurt the sentiments of people.

“The commercial exploitation of the word ‘Ramleela’ amounts to infringement. The defendants cannot be allowed to misuse the same for their commercial venture”, the petition said.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had declined to put a ban the movie and in turn even imposed a fine of Rs.50,000 on an NGO which had moved the plea against the film.

In a fresh turn, the court has asked the movie to change the title. “The judge has allowed the interim application and the producers are restrained from using title name Ram-Leela scheduled to be released on November 15 till the next date of hearing, i.e. December 5, 2013.” Praveen Choudhury and Prayank Kumar Sharma said. They both represent petitioners

Responding to the entire hullabaloo, Sanjay Leela Bhansali said , "It appears that some misinformation is being carried out regarding the said film (Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela) which we would like to clarify and state that the said film is inspired and based on William Shakespeare's work Romeo and Juliet."

Bhansali made it very clear that Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela has nothing to do with Lord Rama or Rasleela associated with Lord Krishna. Bhansali added, "Ram, the character in the said film does not depict or resemble Lord Rama in any manner."

The lead protagonists, Ranveer Singh and Deepka Padukone reacted on the film’s stay order.

Ranveer said, “Through the years we've had love stories named after protagonists. Ram and Leela are common names. I think we focus on what we are here to do, no one wants the nuisance of signing vakaltnamas. We wouldn't in a thousand years think of resorting to such tactics for publicity. The buzz about the film went through the roof after the release of the first trailer, record number of hits on YouTube”.

Deepika said, “The film has nothing to do with Indian history. We have our censor certificate and there is no issue with the film. Films are made to entertain an audience and not to hurt anyone's sentiments. We're making a love story and not about anything else. It is a bit early to be reacting to something which people don't know about. I don't think we would intentionally give a controversial title for eyeballs. We are confident about the content of the movie.”