Delhi High Court refuses to stop further circulation of film purportedly based on Sushant Singh Rajput’s life

The late actor’s father wanted an order stopping its release on more OTT platforms

July 07, 2021 06:06 pm | Updated July 08, 2021 02:35 am IST - New Delhi:

Sushant Singh Rajput.

Sushant Singh Rajput.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to stop further circulation of a film purportedly based on the life of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput that was released on a website on June 20.

A bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher and Justice Talwant Singh rejected the application of Rajput's father Krishna Kishore Singh, against releasing the film Nyay: The Justice on other OTT (over-the-top) platforms. The High Court will hear the case on July 14.

Senior Advocate Jayant Mehta, appearing for Mr. Singh, stated that the movie had been released on 'Lapalap Originals' website and sought an order restraining its release on other platforms.

Senior advocate Chander Lall, appearing for the film director, opposed the plea saying the film carried a disclaimer that it was not based on anyone living or dead. “Who is the plaintiff to control my film?” Mr. Lall said.

The High Court had last month refused to stay the release of the film noting that the events surrounding the actor's death was already in the public domain and “posthumous privacy right is not permissible”. Rapjut’s father has challenged the order that also refused to restrain anyone from using his son’s name or likeness in movies.

Apart from Nyay: The Justice , there are three other films in the making on Sushant Singh’s life: Suicide or Murder: A star was lost , Shashank and an untitled crowd-funded movie.

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