Delhi High Court seeks information about the release of a film based on the life of Sushant Singh Rajput

New Delhi. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought to know that the film ‘Nyay: The Justice’, allegedly based on the life of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, was released on June 11 as per the pre-scheduled date. Or not. Earlier, the film’s director and the actor’s father had given contradictory statements regarding this. The single judge had refused to bar the release of a film purportedly based on Sushant’s life or showing his name or any similar character in films. After this, Rajput’s father Krishna Kishore Singh filed an appeal challenging this decision.

A vacation bench of Justice Anoop Jairam Bhambhani and Justice Jasmeet Singh initially questioned whether the film was released on the OTT platform on a predetermined date of June 11. The bench said, ‘Whether the film is released or not, a lot depends on it. If the film is not released, then the court can consider hearing on this matter now (in the vacation period). The bench further said, ‘If the film has been released, can it be reversed?’

Senior advocate Jayant Mehta, appearing for the actor’s father, said that the film has not been released yet, but senior advocate Chander Lal, appearing for the film director, said that his information is to the contrary. To this, Senior Advocate Harish Salve, representing Rajput’s father, suggested that the matter be confirmed before further hearing. The bench said, ‘Let the facts be confirmed first. For this the matter should be listed for June 25.

It is noteworthy that the single bench had on June 10 refused to stay the release of films allegedly based on Rajput’s life. The court had said that the films are neither being told as biopics nor are there factual details of what happened in Rajput’s life. The court had said, “The right to privacy posthumous is not acceptable.”

During the hearing, Jayant Mehta said that the problem is not only with the release of the film but also with the manner in which the order was passed by the single judge bench. He said that the film will violate the right to privacy and the right to a fair trial and with every passing day it is harming the reputation of the actor.

The single bench had said that it finds acceptable the contention of the producers and directors that if the information about what happened is already public, then no one can plead for infringement of right to privacy on films inspired by such incidents. The court had asked the producers to preserve a full account of the film’s revenue in case any compensation is sought in future. Along with this, the court listed the petition before the Joint Registrar for disposal. According to Singh’s petition, some of the upcoming or proposed films are ‘Nyay: The Justice’, ‘Suicide or Murder: A Star Was Lost’, ‘Shashank’ and another untitled film based on his son’s life.

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