After filing a complaint against actor-turned-producer Anushka Sharma for using his photo in Paatal Lok, her upcoming web series, allegedly without permission, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament (MP) from Uttar Pradesh Nandkishore Gurjar has urged her husband and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli to divorce her for producing the crime thriller.
“Virat Kohli desh bhakt hai, desh ke liye khele hai. Anushka ko talak de dena chahiye (Virat is a patriot. He has played for the nation. He should divorce Anushka),” Nandkishore can be heard saying in a video.
In his complaint against Sharma, Nandkishore has sought that the web series shows him in a bad light and promotes communal disharmony. He has asked for the National Security Act to be invoked against Sharma and also demanded a ban on the show. The MP has said in his complaint that the show is trying to malign the image of the BJP and is also “anti-India”.
The image in question was taken in March 2018 and is a real image featuring not just Nandkishore but also UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also a BJP stalwart. It was clicked at the inauguration of a six-lane elevated highway project in Ghaziabad.
CM Adityanath had even tweeted the images.
A morphed version of the image was used in Paatal Lok in which the image of the fictional and dirty politician Balkrishna Bajpayee has superimposed on that of Adityanath. The faces of the remaining persons in the photo such as Nandkishore were left unedited.
A recent report also suggests that the morphed image has been changed in the episode in Paatal Lok. Anushka-backed Paatal Lok is already facing legal trouble with the Gorkha community for allegedly hurting Nepali sentiments.