Before Release: RRR Filed PIL In Telangana High Court

June 4, 2023

According to : rrr filed pil in telangana high court before release, Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed against Rajamouli’s upcoming magnum opus “RRR,” starring Jr NTR and Ram Charan. The petitioner claims the film distorts facts related to Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem.

A two-judge panel of the court dismissed the PIL on March 15, finding that nothing could tarnish the reputations of Alluri Seetha Ramaraju and Komaram Bheem.

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed

Injuries caused by violations of legal rights can be redressed by PILs (public interest litigation) filed by any member of the public, whether they are ordinary people, non-governmental organizations, or social activists. In the judicial review of administrative actions, it ensures public participation.

It is essential for the Supreme Court to ensure petitioners are not seeking redress for personal interests or private gain when managing and disposing of PILs.

A PIL also protects the courts from political pressure groups trying to stall administrative action or advance their political agendas by using the courts. It is unfortunately all too common for PILs to be misused and result in delays or even the dismissal of genuine cases.

There has long been a belief that people file frivolous petitions to gain publicity, placing a heavy burden on the judicial system. The Supreme Court established strict guidelines in 2010 to prevent courts from entertaining Personal Interest Liens (PILs).

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For the redress of grievances and violations of rights, individuals, groups, or institutions can file public interest lawsuits before any High Court or Supreme Court. It covers issues such as non-payment of wages, bonded labour, women’s rights, environmental pollution, etc.

Several Public Interest Litigations (PILs) are currently pending in Indian courts to safeguard and enforce different rights and interests. These range from redressing child abuse to protecting women’s rights, preserving cultural heritage, and maintaining ecological balance.

Several Public Interest Litigations (PILs) have been pending in the Supreme Court recently. One such case was filed by a student from West Godavari district who challenged the film ‘RRR’ due to its distortion of freedom fighters Alluri Seetharama Raju and Komaram Bheem’s history as British police officers. They have asked the court to refuse the censor certificate issued by the Censor Board, and to delay screening until further notice in order to prevent its release.

Hearing date

Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against SS Rajamouli’s upcoming film RRR, alleging it distorts the history of legendary freedom fighters Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem in order to hurt them. Both censor certificates should be refused and its release should be halted, according to her.

According to Alluri Sowmya from Undrajavaram in West Godavari, she filed a Public Interest Liability (PIL) against the movie Sitarama Raju: she claimed it depicted him as a police officer, which was against their lifestyle and hurt thousands of their followers. As a result, she requested the court to halt RRR’s release and not issue a censor certificate to it.

A two-judge bench consisting of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavali dismissed the case on Tuesday. In their view, nothing could harm the reputations of great personalities like Alluri Sitarama Raju or Konar Ramaraju; poison may kill Socrates, but not his ideas or literature.

They also requested that the censor board ensure that no copyright infringement occurs during the film’s release.

Originally scheduled for release on January 7, the film had to be postponed due to increased Covid-19 cases. If the numbers continued to rise, the director said the release would not be possible.

During this time, the ‘RRR’ movie trended on social media with many calling for a boycott in Karnataka due to the Kannada version being given less priority than Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi releases.

It earned international accolades and became one of India’s top ten grossing films for its direction, cinematography, action sequences, script, and performances.

The film will be released on July 30, 2020, with Lyca Productions acquiring Tamil Nadu theatrical rights and Pen Studios acquiring North Indian theatrical rights.

Hearing venue

Before the film was released, SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’ featuring Jr NTR and Ram Charan was challenged in court over its story based on freedom fighters Alluri Sita Ramaraju and Komaram Bheem. As a result, Alluri Soumya, from the West Godavari district, requested that the film be postponed and not censored.

This litigation is of public interest, and Alluri Soumya argues the court should stop the release of ‘RRR’ since it destroys the history of Kambaram Bheem and Alluri Sita Ramaraju. According to her, the story of Alluri Sita Ramaraju has been embellished, making it untrue; in addition, the history of Komaram Bheem has also been falsified; therefore, she believes the movie shouldn’t be released.

Samuthirakani, Shriya Saran, Ray Stevenson, and Alison Doody also star in a variety of roles in the film, which is produced by DVV Danayya and directed by SS Rajamouli.

Several controversies have surrounded RRR, including its promo featuring a character wearing a skull cap. Siddipet State President and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay urged producers to remove the scene.

It will be interesting to see how the CJ tribunal handles this issue as the court rejected her appeal and ordered that ‘RRR’ be released.

The film will resume shooting on October 22 in Mahabaleshwar. 1000 fighters have been recruited for the action sequence in ‘RRR’.

According to reports, the film will now be shot in two locations – Mahabaleshwar and Gujarat – in the new schedule of ‘RRR’.


Alluri Sowmya, a student from West Godavari district, filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Telangana High Court. Despite the fact that the depiction of the life history of two freedom fighters in RRR contradicts their lifestyle and misrepresents reality, she sued for censorship and asked the court to prevent the filmmakers from releasing the film.

She also expressed dissatisfaction with the portrayal of Martyr Alluri Seetharamaraju as a police officer, which she felt conflicted with his lifestyle. In addition, she believed that the film tarnished Alluri Sita Ramaraju’s legacy and image by portraying her as an ordinary police officer.

SS Rajamouli’s directorial, directed by him, is scheduled for release this year with Jr NTR, Ram Charan, and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles. However, it has been postponed indefinitely due to the Omicron COVID-19 pandemic.

Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar ordered the trailer to not include any visuals showing Jr NTR wearing a Muslim skull cap.

The Telangana BJP has threatened to burn down all theatres showing the movie if its character is depicted as Muslim, which the BJP believes will cause a deep rift in tribal communities across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Maharashtra.

Telangana High Court has now ordered the filmmakers to re-release the movie if it does not harm Alluri Sita Ramaraju and Komaram Bheem’s image. They have yet to respond to the court’s order.

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