Bollywood production houses file a suit in the Delhi High Court against Television media reporters for making ‘derogatory and defamatory’ remarks.

After over four-month-long yoo-hoo in the Indian Television media after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput followed by calling out Bollywood, it seems like the threshold is surpassed! The focus is once again on Indian media as Bollywood production houses file a suit seeking legal action. Four of Bollywood’s giant production houses and 34 leading producers have approached the Delhi High Court and filed a suit against news channels like ‘Republic TV’ and ‘Times Now’. As per the suit, the aforesaid channels have made ‘irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory’ remarks against the Hindi film industry. #BollywoodStrikesBack has been trending on Twitter with opinions flying in from all sides about the step taken by the fraternity.

The suit is specifically against Arnab Goswami and Pradeep Bhandari of Republic TV and Rahul Shivshankar and Navika Kumar of Times Now. It says that these individuals were carrying ‘reportage and publication of material that violates applicable laws’. Furthermore, in terms of derogatory words, it alleges that these reporters during the course of time were seen constantly using phrases including, ‘filth’, ‘druggies’, ‘scum’, ‘dirt’, ‘cocaine and LSD drenched Bollywood’, etc.

The petitioners include Aamir Khan Production, Salman Khan Films, Yashraj Films, Dharma Production, Ad-Labs Films, Ashutosh Gowariker Productions, Red Chillies Entertainment, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures, Reliance Big Entertainment, Rohit Shetty Picturez, Kabir Khan Films, etc. The Bollywood industry associations — the Film & Television Producers Guild Of India (PGI), the Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA), Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC) and Screenwriters Association (SWA), too through the plea, sought a direction to the news channels to stick by the provisions of the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Rules.

However, as per the suit, it clarifies that the aim is not to seek a blanket ban against the media reportage connected with the investigation on the death of Rajput but a ‘permanent injunction’. Followed by the suit, celebrities across the Hindi film industry showed their support and reactions through social media platforms.

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