Rahul Dhalokia’s Raees in which Shah Rukh Khan plays a character apparently inspired by Abdul Latif, an alleged gangster who ran the illicit liquor business in Gujarat during the peak of Prohibition in the 1990s, is in legal trouble.
Allegedly Latif had over 40 murder cases filed against him. However now, the slain gangster’s son Mustak Ahmed Abdul Latif Shaikh has sent legal notices to 9 prominent people involved with the making of the film Raees, including Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, producer Ritesh Sidhwani and director Rahul Dholakia asking how or why a film on his father’s life is being made.
The legal notice advises the film’s team to, “Stop and desist notice from screening, promoting, releasing, publicizing, advertising and exploiting the Hindi film titled Raees.”
It goes on to say, Mustak Ahmed Abdul Latif Shaikh’s father was “a famous businessman with deep roots in society.” In other words Raees is likely to show him in an unfavourable light and must therefore explain itself to the son of the man on whose life the film is based.
Apparently even the set representing the protagonist’s house that was erected in Film City was a replica of the Shaikhs’ residence.