The interim stay order was issued by the Mavelikkara munsiff court in Alapuzha district yesterday on a complaint by Varma's grand daughter Indiradevi Kunjama. Judge Prasun Mohan made it clear that the makers of the movie should not exhibit it without adding a disclaimer that the film has no connection with the personal life of Varma. A munsiff court is the lowest court handling civil matters.
The Ketan Mehta directed film is based on Ranjit Desai's novel titled '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, S Amrutha Kumar, the film portrays the artist as a womaniser and claims that it was a true story.
The petitioner pointed that a well known artist had been depicted as a playboy and the makers of the film have not even given a disclaimer. The film also violates provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952, it alleged.