On Wednesday (October 19), the Supreme Court declined to list for urgent hearing a petition that requested a stop on the release of the film “Thank God,” which stars Ajay Devgn and Sidharth Malhotra, due to allegations that the film makes insulting references to Lord Chitragupta. The petition of Shri Chitragupta Welfare Trust is scheduled to be heard on November 1 by a bench consisting of Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice Bela M. Trivedi.
In addition to requesting that the film’s release be put on hold, the petition also requests that its promotional materials, including its trailers and posters, be removed from online and social media platforms like YouTube. According to the petition, the movie in question features “derogatory expressions, acts, statements, dialogues and insulting images, videos in and around the character of God Chitragupta.”
The advocate who was representing the petitioner stated that the plea would be rendered useless if it was heard after the document was made public on October 25. The bench stated that it might be heard at a later time.
People of the “Kayastha” caste hold a great deal of reverence for “God Chitragupta,” who is portrayed by Ajay Devgn in the movie. “God Chitragupta” is revered by Hindus. “The religious sentiments of the Petitioner, including other Kayastha people in the country is being harmed/injured and fundamental right is infringed and violated by the Respondents by making and releasing the said movie,” the plea stated. “The fundamental right is infringed and violated by the Respondents by making and releasing the said movie.”
The Central Board of Film Certification, Indra Kumar, the director of the movie, Bhushan Kumar, the producer, and Devgn have all been named as parties in the petitioner trust’s legal action.
The lead parts in the movie are played by Sidharth Malhotra, Ajay Devgn, and Rakul Preet Singh respectively. They have worked together in the past in the films Marjaavaan and Aiyaary, and this will be the third time that Sidharth and Rakul Preet will be seen on screen together. Indra Kumar is the director of the comedic motion picture. On October 25 of this year, the movie is scheduled to be released, so that it coincides with the holiday season.
The first song from the film, titled “Manike,” was recently made available online by the filmmakers as the movie’s premiere date draws closer. This song is the official Hindi adaptation of the classic song Manike Mage Hithe, which was originally performed by Yohani from Sri Lanka. Both Jubin Nautiyal and Surya Ragunathan may be heard providing their voices in this. Mellow D. Manike is responsible for the composition of the rap verse. A guest appearance will be made by Nora alongside Sidharth Malhotra, courtesy of Manike.