Amid the Sushant Singh Rajput death investigation, Bollywood filmmakers have joined together and filed a lawsuit in the Delhi High Court on Monday against Republic TV and Times Now for calling them names and showing the whole industry as criminals.
The petitions said that the channels used defamatory expressions and words for the industry like filth, drug, druggies and scum. Channels used expressions like it is Bollywood where the dirt needs to be cleaned, said the plea.
The name of the production houses are The Film & Television Producers Guild Of India (PGI), The Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA), Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC), Screenwriters Association (SWA), Aamir Khan Productions, Ad-Labs Films, Ajay DevgnFflims, Andolan Films, Anil Kapoor Film and Communication Network, Arbaaz Khan Productions, Ashutosh Gowariker Productions, BSK Network and Entertainment, Cape of Good Films, Clean Slate Filmz, Dharma Productions, Emmay Entertainment & Motion Pictures, Excel Entertainment , Filmkraft Productions, Hope Production, Kabir Khan Films, Luv Films, Macguffin Pictures, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, One India Stories, R.S. Entertainment (Ramesh Sippy Entertainment),Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures, Red Chillies Entertainment, Reel Life Productions, Reliance Big Entertainment, Rohit Shetty Picturez, Roy Kapur Films, Salman Khan Films, Sikhya Entertainment, Sohail Khan Productions, Tiger Baby Digital, Vinod Chopra Films, Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures and Yashraj Films.
Bollywood comprised of the distinct and well-recognized class said the plea. It further said that Bollywood has always been a great source of revenue for India.
The plea read that Bollywood stands differently as compared to other industries as it is an industry that depends on goodwill, appreciation and acceptance of its audience. By the campaign led by the channels, the livelihood of Bollywood persons has been impacted severely.
Further, it read that during the pandemic there has already been a loss in revenue and work opportunities. Bollywood members privacy have been invaded with their reputations being damaged by painting the whole Bollywood as criminals, and druggers. This week it is likely that the matter will be heard.