The Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Phantom has yet again landed itself in a spot of bother. After being banned in Pakistan on a plea by JuD chief and 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed that claimed the film (set on post-26/11 attacks) contained “filthy propaganda” against him and his outfit, Phantom is being taken to court by healthcare NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), according to a report in Hindustan Times.
“The portrayal of MSF and misuse of our name is a dangerous misrepresentation that could endanger MSF staff, patients, and undermine the organisation’s ability to work in some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones,” the report quoted Martin Sloot, general director, MSF India, as saying.MSF has sought removal of all the references to the NGO in the film and its lawyers have written to the production company intimating the same.
MSF claims it had not been consulted regarding the content of the film and has denied any associations with film whatsoever, according to ANI.
According to a report, the NGO has “a strict no-guns policy” at all its clinics and does not employ armed guards.
“None of our staff would ever carry a gun. Any portrayal that suggests otherwise is dangerous, misleading and wrong,” the report quoted MSF as saying.
However, Katrina Kaif, portrayed as an MSF employee in the film, is seen toting a gun in Phantom and even firing one in various scenes.
MSF has consequently contacted the producers of the film and are also taking legal action against their depiction in the film.