Ever since Rajinikanth’s Kaala went on floors, it has been facing several legal hassles. Earlier, director Pa Ranjith was accused of taking inspiration from Indian gangster and smuggler Haji Mastan’s life. Later, the case was dismissed by the Madras High Court.
Now, days before the release of Kaala, Jawahar Nadar, son of ‘godfather’ od Dharavi, Thiraviam Nadar, has slapped a Rs 101-crore defamation suit against Rajinikanth.
Jawahar’s father, who fought for the justice of the underprivileged Tamilians in Dharavi, was also known as ‘Gudwala Seth’ and ‘Kaala Seth’.
Jawahar claimed that Pa Ranjith’s character Karikaalan has been inspired by his father and the film could malign the image of his father and the entire Nadar community.
He has sought Rs 101 crore as damages. In an interview with The News Minute, he said, “It is not about the money. It is about what is right. If the movie portrays my father positively, then we must get credit for it. If the movie defames my father then they should apologise for it and pay for it.”
Recalling his father’s struggle, Jawahar stated that his father relocated to Mumbai looking for small and petty jobs in 1957. He slowly found his way around and eventually became a ‘godfather’. He was also someone who stood by the law and did a lot of good to the people, according to his son.
Thiraviam Nadar, who was close to Haji Mastan and Varadaraja Mudaliar, passed away in 2003.
Source: India Today