Faraz Ashraf, a freelance journalist hailing from Kashmir, has alleged that the Sidharth Malhotra-starrer Shershaah shows a car with his personal registration number as one belonging to militants in the film. He has said that he will be taking legal action against the film’s makers for this.
Noting that since inception, Bollywood has only produced propaganda movies against Kashmir, where they show Kashmiris collectively as terrorists, Ashraf said on Twitter, “But this time, they have gone too far in attacking me and my family.”
He also shared a picture of his own car and the one in Shershaah to show they have the same number plates and wrote that the film produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions features his “personal car registration number on the car which is being used by militants in the movie.”
Talking to Silverscreen India, Ashraf said that it was “shocking and concerning” to see that the makers had not checked before using the numbers on the license plate. “I often travel to other states and after spotting my license plate number being used on a militant’s car in the film, I was concerned about my family’s safety.”
“We have decided to file a lawsuit against Dharma Productions. We earlier tried to tweet and tag them on social media and bring this matter to their attention. But they never replied or reached out to us,” he added.
Ashraf also said that the complaint will be filed by Wednesday or Thursday.
“It could be accidental, but I don’t really know how such a top production house could be so insensitive about it. Currently, my lawyer wants to file a writ to stop the broadcast for a while. Let’s see how it goes,” Ashraf further told us.
Shershaah was released on Amazon Prime Video on August 12 and has become the highest-rated Hindi film on IMDb. The film currently holds a rating of 8.9 out of 10. Based on the life of the late Kargil war veteran Captain Vikram Batra, the film also stars Kiara Advani in the lead.