Bombay high court on Wednesday questioned a “social worker” who has challenged a film being made on the life of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput whether he knows its contents.
“How do you know what they are going to do?’’ asked Justice Prithviraj Chavan who was told the film maligns the reputation of Rajput and is based on distorted facts. The court heard an appeal by Manish Mishra against the December 22, 2020 dismissal of his interim plea for an injunction in a suit filed by him in the Dindoshi Civil Court in respect of the film ‘Nyaay: The Justice’ which is produced by Sarla Saraogi. “Investigation in respect to the said matter is yet to decide about the correctness of either suicide or murder,’’ it added. Informing that production work has started, Mishra’s petition’s urged HC to restrain Saraogi from releasing, exhibiting, displaying and advertising the film.
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Justice Chavan questioned Mishra’s locus standi to file a suit and his personal interest. Mishra’s advocate Chetan C Agarwal said his client is “businessman, social worker and a fan and follower” of Rajput. Agarwal said the film’s title itself reveals the contents of the film.“How can they say it is not touching the investigation or distorting facts? The title itself shows,’’ he added. But the producer’s advocate Ashok Saraogi said, “It (title) can be for anything. The producer has not touched upon the police investigations into the actor’s death.”
He also noted that the Dindoshi judge had asked “Unless the film is released, how can it be said that it shows distorted facts?”
Justice Chavan posted the hearing in the first week of March saying there is no urgency. Saraogi apprehended that the studio dealing with post-production won’t be able to complete its work in case Mishra informs it about his appeal. “If someone is doing something correctly, there is no need to be afraid.,” Justice Chavan remarked.