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Court to probe complaint by ‘face’ of 2002 riots against makers of Rajdhani Express

Qutubuddin Ansari had alleged that the movie used his picture without his consent.

A metropolitan court hearing the defamation case filed by Qutubuddin Ansari,known as the face of 2002 Gujarat riots,against the producer and director of Hindi film Rajdhani Express ordered a judicial inquiry Monday to ascertain if there was sufficient ground to initiate proceedings against those named in the complaint.

Ansari,while recording his statement before the magistrate I M Sardar,said the makers of the film had used his photograph without his consent.

Explaining to the magistrate,he said his picture was taken by a photographer during the riots when his house was on fire and he is shown in it pleading before a team of Rapid Action Force (RAF) to save him and his family. The picture eventually became the symbol of post-Godhra riots in the state.

When the magistrate asked Ansari why he is objecting when he is shown as “a hero in the movie,” Ansari,who is a tailor by profession,said,“My friends make fun of me and my children ask me why I am being shot in the movie. All I want is that my picture should be removed from the movie.”

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“I have not been able to make my children understand what happened in 2002. How can I explain to them why I am being shot in the movie?” he told the court.

According to Ansari,in the climax of the movie his picture is shown hanging at a police station and actor Jimmy Shergil (acting as a policeman) is pointing a revolver at it. Shergil looks at his picture and says he is responsible for his situation. He presses the trigger twice while pointing at the picture,though there is no bullet fired in the scene.

After recording his statement,the magistrate ordered a judicial inquiry under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) section 202 and scheduled the matter for next hearing on April 22.

According to Ansari’s lawyer Amit Nair,Ansari has also asked for a compensation of Rs 25 lakh.

The film is produced by SLA Impex and Manoj Kejriwal and directed by Ashok Kohli.