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'Ram-leela' not related to Lord Ram or Krishna: Makers

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has clarified that his forthcoming film "Ram Leela" is inspired by and based on William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and that it has nothing to do with either Indian folklore "Ram Leela" or Lord Krishna's 'Ra

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 3:24:09 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali has clarified that his forthcoming film "Ram Leela" is inspired by and based on William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and that it has nothing to do with either Indian folklore "Ram Leela" or Lord Krishna's 'Rasleela'.

Bhansali, who has produced and directed the film, Wednesday sought to set the record straight about the film's content in the wake of a Delhi court staying its scheduled Nov 15 release on a plea that the movie hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus as it contains sex, violence and vulgarity.

"It appears that some misinformation is being carried out regarding the said film ('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'.

"The said film is neither related to 'Ram Leela' folklore/traditional performance associated with Lord Ram nor related to 'Ram Leela' associated with Lord Krishna. Ram, the character in the said film does not depict or resemble Lord Rama in any manner," read a statement issued on behalf of Bhansali.

The movie, starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, is scheduled to release Friday, but a Delhi court Tuesday stayed its release.

The order followed a suit filed by six petitioners who believe the movie hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus as it contains sex, violence and vulgarity.

The plea also said the word "Ram Leela" is associated with Lord Rama and people will also watch the movie with an expectation that it would be related to his life, but the film will hurt their sentiments.

The petitioners demanded that the film's title be changed.

According to Bhansali, the film "neither intends nor attempts to insult, wound or outrage the religion, religious feelings or religious beliefs of any class of citizens of India".

"We trust that this allays, clarifies and sets at rest all apprehensions, doubts and misgivings regarding the said film," the statement further read.


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Posted on: 14 November 2013 at 6:27am
no clarification is needed
love u Deepika Padukone!!!

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Posted on: 14 November 2013 at 12:54am
NO Clarification is needed by snajay leela bhansali love deepika

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Posted on: 13 November 2013 at 5:22pm
They filed a PIL on the day before the release coz those greedy people know that SLB is rich enough to shut their mouths with money.. and since its the day before the release, he will do anything to save his movie that his entire team worked so hard on.. Its all about making some money for those who have problems with the title..
well I dont care coz i don't think they will put a hold on the movie in States Big smile

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Posted on: 13 November 2013 at 7:36am
no clarification is needed
love u Deepika Padukone

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Posted on: 13 November 2013 at 4:31am
No clarification is needed by sanjay leela bhansali coz once the movie will release everyone will forget about the controversies and the movie is going to be a blockbuster todu movie

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Posted on: 13 November 2013 at 4:28am
Come on if SLB is saying it's not related to the mythological Ram Leela and you find the content in the promos and trailer offensive - don't WATCH THE MOVIE! However, if you want to see a cinematic genius then watch Ram Leela and stop being ignorant on demanding the change of the title since you know it's not about "the Ram Leela".

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Posted on: 13 November 2013 at 4:26am
So, the controversy begins. Any publicity is good publicity, mate. ;)

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Posted on: 13 November 2013 at 3:41am
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