New Delhi: The High Court in Delhi recently pronounced a verdict refusing to stay the release of a movie Nyay: The Justice. The film which was purportedly based on the life of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was due to release tomorrow. Although the director of the film had told the High Court that the film had no resemblance to the late actor. Krishna Kishore Singh, Sushant’s father, went to the court seeking a stay on any film based on the life of the actor and his son. Singh had earlier claimed that the movie’s production took place without the family’s consent. He had also accused the makers of the film saying that the launch is aimed in an ‘orchestrated manner’ by confidantes of persons accused of a role in the suicide.
The case was first presented before a bench led by Justice Sanjeev Narula on June 2. The makers of the film Nyay: The Justice on the said date had told the high court that their film doesn’t depict Sushant’s caricature, name, or likeness and it isn’t a biopic. Justice Narula had reserved the judgment then. Responding to the order, senior advocate Chander Lall, appearing for the director and producers of the film, had said that a stay on this film would be against the right to freedom of speech and expression. He had mentioned that the film’s release has been widely publicised and therefore, the makers would not be able to give any assurance with regard to holding it back.
A plea refusing the release of any film or related material based on SSR’s life was filed by his father. Following which in April the Delhi High Court had asked the producers of various movies (proposed and being filmed at the time) to respond to Singh’s plea. He had sought to restrain anyone from using his son’s name or likeness on the silver screen. Sushant’s father also claimed ₹2 crore in exchange for the damage done to the late actor and his family’s reputation, mental trauma and harassment by movie makers.
Apart from Nyay: The Justice, other films in the plea included Suicide or Murder: A Star Was Lost, Shashank and an as-yet-unnamed crowd-funded project.
Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai apartment on June 14 last year. The incident led to a chain of investigations into his death and in no time spiralled into a series of controversies headlining the media.