The Indian Stammering Association (TISA) based in Dehradun is livid that Golmaal 3 mocks people who stammer; slams its makers with a suit

Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 15, 2010)

The title of the film now seems like a cruel irony because Golmaal 3 is in serious trouble. The film is a comedy but an organisation based in Dehradun took serious offence to the film: the Indian Stammering Association (TISA) sent a legal notice to the makers of the film accusing them of mocking people who stammer.

Our source said, “This association has taken the makers of this film to court for poking fun at a sect of people suffering from a disability. In Golmaal 3, Shreyas Talpade plays Laxman, who stammers and the other characters, played by Tusshar Kaporr, Kunal Khemu and Arshad Warsi, constantly make fun of him in the film.

The association has now sent a legal notice to the makers asking them to delete all the scenes where the character stammers.”

A still from Golmaal 3

Apparently, the producers are in a fix now because the film has been released over a week ago and it is now practically impossible to remove or delete the scenes. Moreover, it would also not be commercially viable for them to do it at this stage. The source added, “The producers now plan to respond to the notice sent by the Uttarakhand court. And they must respond to it before a December 14 deadline.”

When contacted, the spokesperson of Shri Astavinayak Cinevision said, “Yes, it is true that we have received a notice from the Indian Stammering Association. Our legal department is looking into it. However, we would just like to say that we have not tried to put down any person with a physical disability. Golmaal 3 is an entertainer and it should be taken that way.”

When contacted Shreyas Talpade said, “The legal team of Astavinayak is looking into it. But I want to say that no one does it intentionally and people should look at it in a positive way, as the character I play is the hero of the film. One should not make an issue out of it.

I want to ask the association, why are you all considering yourself to be different when we are not? We are not pointing fingers at anyone. It is just a character. Today we have so many constraints in making a film and if these issues continue then we will have to make silent films.”

Let’s see if Shreyas’s loud and clear message reaches the members of TISA. Good luck, guys.