After hearing all the parties, the Delhi High Court has reserved its order on the petition of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father Krishan Kishore Singh. A bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri, however, asked the producers and directors of the films not to release the film until the court’s decision comes. The film is scheduled to release on June 11. The bench said that they will pronounce the verdict before June 11, but if they cannot do so, then they should not be released.
During the hearing, advocate Chander Lal, appearing for the director of the film Nyay The-Justice, said that the film is not Sushant’s name or his choice. He said that this film is not a biopic of Sushant. He said that since the release of the film has been widely publicized, no assurance can be given on stopping it.
To this, the bench said that if it could not give its verdict, it would hear the matter before June 11 and issue an interim order to stay the film. The director’s counsel said that it is okay to prevent someone from making a film and freedom of expression has been given in the Constitution. He said that Rajput was a celebrity and people want to know what happened to him. At the same time, senior advocate Vikas Singh and advocate Varun Singh, appearing for Sushant’s father, opposed the argument presented by the filmmaker and director.
Sushant’s father had filed a petition asking that his son’s name or his choice be stopped from being used in the proposed films. He had said that the upcoming or proposed films based on Sushant’s life are Nyaya – The Justice, Suicide or Murder: A Star Was Last, Shashank.
It is alleged that the filmmakers are making films on this side to take advantage of the situation. The petitioner said that he has apprehension that various such plays, films, web-series, books, interviews or other material may be published which may harm the reputation of his son or his family. He has demanded a compensation of Rs 2 crore from the filmmakers for this.