NEW DELHI: Top Bollywood producers on Monday approached the Delhi high court seeking to restrain Republic TV and Times Now from making or publishing allegedly “irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks” against the film industry and conducting “media trials”.
The lawsuit was filed by four Bollywood industry associations and 34 leading production houses including those owned by Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Rohit Shetty, as also Yash Raj Films and R S Entertainment.
They have sought direction to the channels to refrain them from making or publishing allegedly irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks against Bollywood.
The suit, which cites reportage of the death of actor Shushant Singh Rajput and the subsequent NCB probe of certain actors following allegations of drug abuse in the industry, is likely to come up for hearing later this week.
The producers said they are “not seeking a blanket gag order” but want the defendants (media persons) to abide by the provisions of the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Rules and to withdraw, recall and take down all the defamatory content published by them against the film industry.
It said that the suit was filed in the wake of these channels using “highly derogatory words” for Bollywood.
The suit alleged that the defendants are conducting and publishing parallel private investigations and effectively acting as courts to condemn persons connected with Bollywood as guilty based on what they claim is evidence found by them, thereby trying to make a mockery of the criminal justice system.
“The livelihood of persons associated with Bollywood is being severely impacted by the smear campaign being run by the defendants,” the plea said, adding that this is in addition to the Covid-19 pandemic which has resulted in loss of revenue and work.