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Ram Gopal Varma booked by Telangana police over his film, Murder

The court issued the direction on a petition filed by P Balaswamy, whose son Pranay Kumar was murdered in 2018 by his father-in-law Maruthi Rao. RGV's film is said to be based on this killing. 

Published: 05th July 2020

Telangana police on Saturday booked controversial filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma as per a court directive in connection with his movie, Murder.

A case against Varma and producer Natti Karuna was booked at Miryalaguda Town- I police station in Nalgonda district.

The court issued the direction on a petition filed by P Balaswamy, whose son Pranay Kumar was murdered in 2018 by his father-in-law Maruthi Rao who had refused to accept his marriage with his daughter. The film is purportedly based on this 'honour killing'. 

Varma and the producer were booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and other sections of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act.

Ram Gopal Varma took to Twitter to respond to the case. He said, "I specifically mentioned that I have no intention to demean or degrade anyone and my film is just a creative work based on a subject which is in the public domain. But as a citizen who respects the law, I too will proceed legally to protect my fundamental rights."

Balaswamy, who had approached the court last month, sought a ban on the film. He also said that photos of Pranay and his daughter-in-law Amrutha were being used without their consent.

Pranay, a 24-year-old Dalit, was hacked to death by a hired killer in full public view when he along with his wife and mother were coming out of a private hospital in Miryalaguda on September 14, 2018. 

Maruthi Rao and seven others were arrested for the murder. Rao, who had struck the deal to kill Pranay for Rs 1 crore, allegedly committed suicide in March this year in Hyderabad.

Varma announced last month that he was making a film on the story of Maruthi Rao and his daughter.

"On the occasion of Father's Day I am launching the first look poster of a film based on the tragic story of Amrutha and her over-loving father Maruthi Rao," the director had tweeted on June 21.

"This is going to be a heart-wrenching story based on the Amrutha and Maruthi Rao saga of the dangers of a father loving a daughter too much."

Amrutha, who still lives with her in-law, had reacted strongly to Varma's plans and vowed to fight a legal battle to stop the film.

"It's foolish to assume that I am going to show someone involved in a negative light because I strongly believe that nobody is bad and only bad circumstances make people look bad or make them behave bad and that's what I intend to explore in Murder," Varma had said in one of the series of tweets on the issue.

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