Rakesh Sharma had previously crossed swords with the Central Board of Film Certification in 2004, when the CBFC refused to clear his documentary on the 2002 Gujarat Riots. Sharma won the battle, and the film, titled 'Final Solution' was cleared in October 2004.
Several Coca Cola bottling plants across India have faced strong opposition over the years, and especially in the recent past.
Over the last two years, a proposed bottling plant near Narmada River in Gujarat, and existing plants Varanasi in UP, Kala Dera in Rajasthan, Brinhyal in Meghalaya, Vizag in Andhra Pradesh and Hapur in UP have faced either political, local or activist resistance.
In June 2016, the Kerala police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Coca Cola officials in India, accusing the company officials of polluting and exploiting ground water resources in Plachimada, Kerala. Coca Cola's Plachimada bottling plant was closed in 2004 after facing severe protests.