Mumbai journalist, son of Dharavi's 'Godfather', threatens to sue Rajinikanth for Kaala
Jawahar Nadar, the son of Thiraviam Nadar, has threatened to file a defamation case against the actor, seeking 101 crores as compensation
Rajinikanth's Kaala has faced several allegations and legal cases from the time of its launch. Right after the film was announced, a lawsuit was filed stating that the film's story was inspired from the life of Indian gangster and smuggler Haji Mastan. However, the case was soon dismissed by the Madras High Court.
Now, with the Ranjith-directorial hitting the screens on June 7th, Jawahar Nadar, son of Thiraviam Nadar (who was once hailed as 'godfather' of Dharavi) has threatened to file a defamation case against Rajinikanth, seeking 101-crore as compensation.
Thiraviam Nadar, who passed away in 2003, fought for the rights of the underprivileged Tamilians in Dharavi, and was fondly called as 'Gudwala Seth' and 'Kaala Seth'.
Jawahar, who works as a journalist in Mumbai, has alleged that Kaala will harm the reputation of both his father and the Nadar community. He has supposedly demanded a written apology from the Superstar within 36 hours from the receipt of the notice, failing which he has threatened to press defamation charges.
In his legal notice, Jawahar claims that his father, Thiraviam Nadar, who relocated to Mumbai in 1957 in search of a job, spent his life fighting for the well-being of the Tamil community. He further asserts that his father was “never involved in any work against the law” and that he “lived a dignified life”, which he believes might not be represented truthfully in the film.
Kaala, which is being promoted as a non-political film which occasionally talks politics, marks the second association of the Superstar with Ranjith. Interestingly, their first film, Kabali, was also based on the struggle for the rights of the Tamil diaspora.