Police compalint against actor Prakash Raj for mocking Chandrayaan-3

Bengaluru, Aug 22 (UNI) A complaint has been lodged by Hindu organisation leaders against actor Prakash Raj for mocking India’s ambitious Chandrayaan-3 mission, according to police.

The complaint has been lodged in Banahatti police station of Bagalakote district, seeking action against the actor for sharing a caricature on X, hurting the sentiments of the people who are hoping for a successful landing of Vikram.

The caricature depits a man in a shirt and lungi pouring tea.

Attaching the picture, Prakash Raj wrote: “First view just arrived from Chandrayaan .. #VikramLander #justasking.”

Thereupon, the actor received a flak arguing that Chandrayaan-3 mission is linked to the country’s pride.

Reacting to people’s ire, Prakash Raj clarified on X that his comments were only intended as a joke. “Hate sees only Hate…I was referring to a joke of #Armstrong times celebrating our kerala Chaiwala-which Chaiwala did the Trolls see? if you dont get a joke then the joke is on you..GROW UP #justasking,” he posted.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Chandrayaan-3 is set to land on the moon on August 23, around 18:04 hours IST.

India will be the fourth country in the world to achieve this feat after the United States, Russia, and China, but India will be the only country in the world to land on the lunar south pole.

The primary objectives of Chandrayaan-3 mission are threefold — to demonstrate safe and soft landing on lunar surface; to demonstrate rover roving on the moon, and to conduct in-situ scientific experiments.

Chandrayaan-3’s development phase commenced in January 2020 with the launch planned sometime in 2021.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic brought an unforeseen delay to the mission’s progress.

Chandrayaan-3 mission was successfully launched on July 14, 2023 via the GSLV Mark 3 (LVM 3) heavy-lift launch vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota at 2:35 PM.

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