Nawazuddin Siddiqui has landed in legal trouble as a case has been filed against the actor for reportedly hurting the sentiments of the Bengali community in Kolkata with his new Sprite commercial.
The commercial was initially shot in Hindi. While there have been no complaints about the Hindi version, a Kolkata-based lawyer has protested against a line in the Bengali version.
According to LiveMint, the complaint was filed by Advocate Debayan Banerjee of the Calcutta High Court.
“In the Bengali dubbing of the commercial, there is a line where Nawazuddin Siddiqui laughs at one of the jokes, which says, ‘If Bengalis don’t get anything easily, they sleep hungry.’ These hurt the sentiment of our Bengali community. Such remarks are shallow and should not be promoted in future,” read the lawyer’s statement.
According to the article, following the complaint, the firm removed the Bengali version of the ad featuring Nawazuddin. It stated in a message sent by Sprite India that it “regrets the recent ad campaign for the cold drink and that the company respects the Bengali language.”