Indian court docket didn’t rule Bollywood movie ‘wrongly portrayed’ warrior-king’s id


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Following a row concerning the portrayal of an Indian warrior-king in a Bollywood film, Fb and Twitter posts claimed {that a} court docket instructed film-makers to current the character as belonging to the historic Gujjar clan somewhat than the Rajput neighborhood. Nevertheless, the Delhi Excessive Courtroom dropped a petition about Prithviraj Chauhan’s id within the movie, whereas the posts present a doctored information report.

“BREAKING NEWS,” reads a screenshot posted on June 3 by an Instagram account with greater than 80,000 followers.

“Delhi Excessive Courtroom mentioned ‘Samrat Prithviraj’ will current Chauhan as Gurjar and never Rajput,” it provides in Hindi.

The screenshot options the emblem of Indian information channel ABP Information.

“Samrat Prithviraj” is a Bollywood biopic launched in June 2022 about Indian warrior-king Prithviraj Chauhan. 

The Rajputs are a Hindu warrior clan that traditionally dominated over kingdoms in western India, whereas the Gujjars are historically shepherds concentrated within the north.

Petitioners fought in Delhi’s Excessive Courtroom to droop the movie’s launch by arguing that it wrongly depicted Prithviraj as Rajput somewhat than Gujjar, as the 2 communities every claimed the ruler belonged to their clan.

A screenshot of the deceptive Fb publish, captured on June 9, 2022

The Instagram publish reads in Hindi: “Say proudly that we’re Gurjars. Gurjar Emperor Prithviraj Chauhan. Gurjar Emperor Mihir Bhoj.”

“Gurjar Emperor Mihir Bhoj” refers to an identical row that erupted in September 2021, when a statue of the ninth-century ruler was set to be unveiled within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

The state’s chief minister Yogi Adityanath tried to placate each clans by saying nice males had been past caste and area.

The screenshot was additionally shared on Instagram right here and right here; and on Fb right here and right here.

Nevertheless, the declare is fake.

Petitioners’ plea dropped

Delhi’s Excessive Courtroom dismissed the declare that the movie offered Prithviraj as Rajput, in keeping with the judgment handed down on June 1 which mentioned the petition was “disposed of”. 

The court docket was informed that the movie was “caste impartial” and “the character of Prithviraj Chauhan within the mentioned movie just isn’t portrayed both as Rajputs, or as Gurjars”. 

“Within the mild of the mentioned assertion, the petitioner states that he’s glad and, due to this fact, doesn’t press this petition any additional,” the judgment reads.

The judgment and information experiences concerning the case (right here and right here) don’t say that Prithviraj “shall be offered as Gurjar”, because the screenshot circulating on social media claims.

In the meantime, ABP Information mentioned the screenshot that includes its brand was “pretend”.

“A pretend screenshot is viral claiming to be taken from ABP information. ABP Information has not broadcast any such information,” it posted on Fb and Twitter on June 6.


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