Maharaj - YRF, Netflix to challenge stay order on Junaid Khan’s debut film?

    Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra, Maharaj stars Junaid Khan, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Shalini Pandey. It was set to be released on June 14

    First poster of Maharaj

    First poster of Maharaj

    After the Gujarat High Court halted the release of Junaid Khan’s debut film, Maharaj, the makers of the film are challenging the stay order. Maharaj, helmed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Aditya Chopra, was scheduled to release on Netflix on June 14, but the Gujarat High Court order came a day before its world premiere.

    YRF and Netflix to challenge stay order on Maharaj

    A source from inside the industry revealed that YRF and Netflix are challenging the stay order. “The matter is in court. Maharaj is based on a real-life case. It is adapted from Saurabh Shah's book titled Maharaj. The author has also come out to say that the film does not vilify the Vaishnav community or the religion. It is about a social reformer who brought about a positive change in society. The makers are hopeful for a positive outcome,” he said.

    What is the Maharaj issue all about?

    The stay order was issued following a petition filed by the followers of Lord Krishna and Vallabhacharya. The petition argues that the Maharaj Libel Case of 1862 contains offensive remarks against Hinduism and Lord Krishna, sparked by accusations of misconduct against a notable individual and decided by English judges of the Supreme Court of Bombay.

    Justice Sangeeta Vishen of the Gujarat High Court reviewed the arguments presented by the Pustimargis and issued an interim order stopping the movie's release in any form. The case is set for a hearing on June 18.

    Simultaneously, a 'Boycott Netflix' campaign was gaining traction on social media, with many people accusing Netflix of promoting "anti-Hindu" content.

    Starring Junaid Khan and Jaideep Ahlawat, Maharaj is inspired by the landmark Maharaj Libel Case of 1862. Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra, the film, set in pre-independence India, revolves around the Maharaj Libel Case of 1862, where Mulji contested a case against a notable figure following the publication of articles alleging his misconduct.