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Bollywood star protests hike in drinking age

Too wild for Tigerbeat, Imran Khan files court case against Mumbai's high drinking age
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Indian Bollywood actor Imran Khan (L) and actress Katrina Kaif take part in a dance performance during the music launch for the forthcoming Hindi film “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” in Mumbai late August 9, 2011. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Bollywood heart throb Imran Khan filed a public interest litigation (PIL) suit against the state of Maharashtra's decision to hike the drinking age from 21 to 25, reports the Indian Express.

According to the paper, 28-year-old Imran says he imbibed from a young age but always drank responsibly.

Speaking to reporters, the actor said, “Our country faces many important issues, but this one I feel strongly about.” 

Nope, he's no Anna Hazare.

But the Express says Khan has been raising the issue since June, when he told mediapersons he intended to move the court. He also started a Facebook initiative called ‘Power to the Youth’.

In his petition, Khan said, “The state cannot impose arbitrary and unreasonable restrictions on a person’s choice. It’s not that every adult on attaining the age of 18 or 21 will start drinking recklessly. The question is whether a person who is a member of the electorate is still required to be subject to third-party wishes to make his or her decision.”

Cheers.

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