There was some (alleged) uproar in India recently over this movie poster:
Why? Glad you asked. You probably figured it out it’s got something to do with the flag draped around actress Mallika Sherawat. We’re always going somewhere flag-related here.
The actress was served with a notice that she and the producer of the movie are in violation of Public Interest Law for desecrating the Indian flag. The actress! Because everyone knows it’s up to the actors to come up with the artistic design of a movie poster.
If we can all speak frankly, the issue at heart is probably less about the flag and more about good ol censorship, since the movie is about some seedy real-life political scandal. But let’s focus on the flag.
The defense here, when it’s not futilely claiming that “If at all the colour looks similar, it was not intentional at all”, is focused on the lack of Ashoka Chakra, the wheel normally at the center of an Indian flag. Look. If you’re gonna wear the flag, sure, pay the fine, grovel at the feet of justice for apparently behaving against public interest. But if, as in this case, you just have a tri-colored sheet draped around you, which CLEARLY is a symbol for India, but isn’t technically a flag, is that ok? We Amuricans sure seem to think so, but at what point have you crossed the line into offending people? Because we Hagz want to know and cross it clearly and loudly.