Ek Tha Tiger is massive and when the movie of this genre is to hit the screens there are uninvited visitors by the name 'controversy' that comes in pretty fast. There has been one with the Pak media and government which is still being worked out by the filmmakers (read news here) and the other has now popped up from Indian soil, this is by Vikram Vasishta, the nephew of real life spy Ravindra Kaushik.
The movie promos seems to have triggered Vikram in raising voice for his uncle. As he continues the movie speaks about the fight between RAW and ISI, the intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan respectively, he feels that the movie is related to his uncle's life and this part might be true as he claims that his uncle was working as a secret agent in Pakistan.
Talking to a leading daily, Vashishtha said, “He (Ravindra Kaushik) was my maternal uncle who was with the Research Analysis Wing (RAW). Born on April 11, 1952 in Sriganganagar he also did his graduation from there. He displayed his talent at national level dramatic meet in Lucknow, which was also witnessed by some officials of the intelligence wing (RAW). He was contacted and offered job for the secret intelligence in Pakistan. Later he was sent to Pakistan for the purpose.”
The promos of the film bear striking resemblance to Kaushik’s experiences in Pakistan and hence his family has sought legal assistance to either have a look at the original script or view the film before it releases.
Madhav Mitra, Vashishtha’s counsel said, “Prima facie resemblance is on the account that the promos show that ISI (Pakistan agency) and RAW (Indian Agency) indulged in day-to-day war. The promos reveal that the agent named `Tiger` worked in Pakistan and had an affair with a Pakistani girl. He fought for the country as well as for his love. Shashi Vashishtha, mother of my client Vikram is the Ravindra`s only sister. Thus, the family has full right to either go through the certified screenplay or watch it prior to national/ international release.”
There is a legal notice being sent out to the producers and have asked them to do a private screening of the movie before it is released. This might be a close call for the producers as the movie is scheduled to be released in few weeks of time.
We will wait and see how YRF responds to this!
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