Four Bollywood industry associations and 34 leading production houses have filed a civil lawsuit with the Delhi High Court against several Indian publications and TV channels for inappropriate reporting. Bigwigs Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Karan Johar among others, who also run their own production houses, are among the plaintiffs challenging derogatory remarks by Republic TV and Times Now, famous Indian journalist Arnab Goswami and other leading news anchors including Pradeep Bhandari, Rahul Shivshankar and Navika Kumar. The lawsuit also seeks to restrain news channels from conducting media trials of Bollywood personalities and interfering with the right to privacy of people associated with the film industry, reported Hindustan Times.
Plaintiffs also prayed that the defendants abide by the provisions of the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, to withdraw, recall and take down all defamatory content published by them against Bollywood. The Indian channels have come under fire for using foul language and words such as “dirt”, “filth”, “scum” and “druggies” for the Bollywood industry. This also includes phrases such as, “It is Bollywood where the dirt needs to be cleaned”, “All the perfumes of Arabia cannot take away the stench and the stink of this filth and scum of the underbelly of Bollywood”, “This is the dirtiest industry in the country” and “Cocaine and LSD-drenched Bollywood.”
Other production houses mentioned in the suit include Aamir Khan Productions, Ad-Labs Films, Ajay Devgn Films, Andolan Films, Anil Kapoor Film and Communication Network, Arbaaz Khan Productions, Ashutosh Gowariker Productions, BSK Network, and Entertainment, Cape Of Good Films, Clean Slate Films, Dharma Productions, Emmay Entertainment and Motion Pictures, Excel Entertainment, Filmkraft Productions, Hope Production, Kabir Khan Films, Luv Films, McGuffin Pictures, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, One India Stories, R.S. Entertainment, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures, Red Chillies Entertainment, Reliance Big Entertainment, Reel Life Productions, Rohit Shetty Pictures, Roy Kapur Productions, Salman Khan Ventures, Sohail Khan Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, Tiger Baby Digital, Vinod Chopra Films, Vishal Bhardwaj Film, Yash Raj Films are named in the lawsuit.