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Legal trouble for ‘Phantom’ producers

New Delhi, 28 August: Legal action is taken byInternational charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) against the producers of Phantom, saying its misrepresentation of the medical group could put its aid workers deployed in conflict zones at risk.

MSF said it had not been consulted over the content of the film and was not associated with it in any way. The humanitarian agency had “a strict no guns policy” in all its clinics and did not employ armed guards.

In the movie, British-Indian actress Katrina Kaif is an MSF aid worker who helps a disgraced Indian soldier, played by actor Saif Ali Khan, to assassinate Pakistani militants accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai bombings.

In the film’s trailer, Katrina Kaif’s character is seen firing a pistol and rifle in two different scenes.

MSF, which has thousands of health workers such as doctors, nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists and psychiatrists in more than 70 countries said it was essential that the group was not misrepresented given the dangerous nature of their work.

Phantom was also banned by a Pakistani court in response to a petition filed by Hafiz Saeed, the man India accuses of masterminding the killing of 166 people over three days in November 2008.

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