Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ in legal trouble

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan starrer upcoming film ‘Raees’ has already seen a lot of trouble during its shooting due to various reasons. Now, the crime-drama has run into a legal trouble.

‘Raees’ is set against the backdrop of the 1980s crime scene of Gujarat and criticizes alcoholism, prostitution and illegal drugs in the state. Shah Rukh plays the titular role of a bootlegger whose business is eventually thwarted by a tough policeman played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Shah Rukh’s character in the film is loosely based on Ahmedabad-based don Abdul Latif who ran the illicit liquor business in Gujarat during the peak of Prohibition in the 1990s. Latif had over 40 murder cases filed against him.

According to a report in DNA, Latif’s son Mustak Ahmed Abdul Latif Shaikh has sent legal notices to nine prominent people involved with the making of ‘Raees’, including Shah Rukh, Nawazuddin, producer Ritesh Sidhwani and director Rahul Dholakia, asking how or why a film on his father’s life is being made.

The legal notice cease-and-desist notice advises the team “from screening, promoting, releasing, publicising, advertising and exploiting the Hindi film titled Raees.” It goes on to say, Mustak’s father was “a famous businessman with deep roots in society.”

Mustak has alleged that ‘Raees’ is likely to show his father in an unfavourable light and therefore, the makers of the movie must explain to him on why a film on his father’s life is being made. Even the set representing Abdul’s house that was erected in Film City was supposedly a replica of the Shaikhs’ residence.

Last month, right-wing activists had protested against Shah Rukh Khan for his ‘intolerance’ remarks when he arrived in Gujarat for ‘Raees’ shooting. They hurled stones at his vehicle, shouted slogans and burnt his posters demanding cancellation of the shoot.

The shooting of the film was also disrupted as the unit had not taken permission from the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to shoot in the famous Sarkhej Roza mosque.

Shiv Sena had also protested against Pakistani actress Mahira Khan who is making her Bollywood debut with the film. Sena had called for a ban on the actress from entering Maharashtra.