Hemant Patil, who filed the complaint on Thursday, has demanded a police complaint against Bachchan and others under the stringent new Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifices and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013.

The immediate provocation for the complaint was Bachchan's portrayal of a ghost in a TV commercial for a children's health drink. Mumbai Magistrate Sita Kulkarni has placed the matter for hearing on April 18.

Bachchan earlier played a friendly ghost in Bollywood movie ‘Bhootnath’. The movie’s sequel ‘Bhootnath Returns’ is due for release soon.

"The advertisement promotes belief in the existence of ghosts and spirits and consequently the need for magic to ward them off. This is promoting false beliefs and promoting superstitions," Patil said.

Patil said that he moved the court after the Bandra Police refused to file his complaint. He also said the health drink company released the TV commercial without adding an appropriate disclaimer before or after the broadcast. Magistrate Sita Kulkarni would hear the petition on April 18.

With Amitabh Bachchan's 'Bhoothnath Returns' releasing very soon, the court case may infact prove to be a boon for the film.


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