New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by KK Singh, father of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, against the proposed movies being made about the actor’s life. Sushant’s father had filed the plea restraining anyone from using his son’s name or likeness in movies.
The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to stay the release of the movie, ‘Nyay: The Justice’, which is purportedly based on the life of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
The movie is scheduled to be released on Friday. Justice Sanjeev Narula dismissed an application by Rajput’s father Krishna Kishore Singh, seeking to restrain anyone from using his son’s name or likeness in movies.
Sushant’s father, KK Singh had previously filed a plea restraining anyone from using his son’s name or likeness in movies. The plea wanted a stay on upcoming or proposed movie projects, like ‘Nyay: The Justice’, ‘Suicide or Murder: A star was lost’, ‘Shashank’ and an unnamed crowd-funded film.
On June 2, Delhi High Court had reserved a verdict on his plea. Delhi HC Justice Sanjeev Narula had reserved judgement in the matter and had asked the producers and director to refrain from releasing the film until the court pronounces its verdict.
Movie producers and directors, during the plea hearing, had argued that restraining anyone from making a movie on Sushant’s life would be an infringement of the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the Constitution. they had cited examples of various movies and documentaries made on several actors. They defended their right to release the movie saying since Sushant has passed away the rights of fair trial and privacy cannot be inherited by his father.
Sushant’s father in his plea had contended that the filmmakers are trying to take advantage of the situation and hence the freedom of speech and expression does not apply in this case.