The makers of 'Namaste England' could have well invited legal trouble for portraying India's map incorrectly in the film's poster. In the recently released poster of the film starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, the Aksai Chin region of Jammu and Kashmir in the map of India seems to have been misrepresented. A Twitter user pointed out the same and claimed that the makers of 'Namaste England' have left out the disputed region in order to ensure that the film gets a release in China.
While the country's distorted map in the 'Namaste England' poster may have gone unnoticed by many, one particular Twitter user who goes by the name of 'Od', shared the posters and said, "Looks like makers of Namaste England are planning for a China release and so cut off the Aksai Chin region from India map to not offend Chinese people."
In response to Od's tweet, a number of other Twitter users lashed out at the filmmakers.
The makers of 'Namaste England' could find themselves in legal trouble for misrepresenting the map of India. Such an act is a violation of the Nation Map Policy (2005) and could result in a jail term or fine or both. The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 (GIRB) which aims at "regulating the acquisition, dissemination, publication, and distribution of geospatial information of India which is likely to affect the security, sovereignty, and integrity of India."
As per Chapter II of this bill, "No person shall depict, disseminate, publish or distribute any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries through internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or physical form."
In cases where the Indian map is depicted incorrectly, offenders could face up to seven years of imprisonment or fines from Rs 10 crore to Rs 100. In addition to this, the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1961, criminalises the misrepresentation of the map of India. As per the act, "Whoever publishes a map of India, which is not in conformity with the maps of India as published by the Survey of India, shall be punishable with imprisonment which may be extended to six months, or with fine, or with both."
'Namaste England', a romantic comedy directed and co-produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah also stars Aditya Seal. The film is slated for a release on October 19, 2018.
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