Court stays release of Bollywood movie 'Rang Rasiya'

A Kerala court has stayed the release of the Bollywood movie 'Rang Rasiya' that claims to be based on the life of legendary 19th century painter Raja Ravi Varma. The stay order was issued based on a complaint by Varma's grand daughter Indiradevi Kunjama, and the Judge stipulated that the movie makers should not show the film without adding a disclaimer that the film has no connection with the personal life of Varma. The film directed by Ketan Mehta is based on Ranjit Desai's novel 'Raja Ravi Varma'. Meanwhile a PIL seeking a ban on the film has also been filed in the Kerala High Court. According to the petitioner, the film portrays the artist as a womaniser and claims that it was a true story. The petition also alleges that the film violates provisions of the Cinematography Act of 1952.