New Delhi: A plea was today filed before a city court seeking to lodge of an FIR against Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and others for allegedly using a casteist slur against the scheduled castes. According to the complaint, Khan had used the word during the promotion of his film ‘Tiger Zinda Hai‘.
The plea, filed before Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma, alleged that the accused persons had “committed atrocity” on the members of the caste and insulted and humiliated them by making the casteist remark.
Tiger Zinda Hai is a 2017 Hindi action thriller film. The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Sajjad Delfrooz in leading roles, with Angad Bedi, Kumud Mishra. The film is the sequel to the 2012 film Ek Tha Tiger and the second instalment of the Tiger film series and is based on the 2014 abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL.
The film was released on 22 December 2017. With a budget of ₹210 crore, it is the one of the most expensive Hindi film and one of the most expensive Indian films of all time. It has grossed more than ₹550 crore at the box office, becoming a major commercial success and one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
While the complaint marks Khan as the main culprit, actress Katrina Kaif is included in the plea too. According to the complaint, rather than protesting against the offensive and insensitive statement, Katrina joined Khan “in insulting and abusing the victim through her conduct.”
The court put up the matter for consideration on 27 February and sought a reply from the Station House Officer concerned on the complaint.
The complaint, filed by Harnam Singh, a former Chairman of Delhi Commission for Karamcharis, alleged that the remark was made by Khan during a programme on a television channel while Kaif, “rather than protesting at the offensive and insensitive statement, joined the accused number 1 (Khan) in insulting and abusing the victim through her conduct.”
Singh said he had in December last year filed a complaint at a police station here, but no FIR has been registered yet, due to which he filed the application before the court.