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Sushant’s Right To Privacy Died With Him: Delhi HC Refuses To Stay Film Based On Him

The Delhi High Court has refused to restrain the continued online streaming of a film based on the life of the late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

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Delhi HC refuses to stay film based on the life of Sushant Singh Rajput
Delhi HC refuses to stay film based on the life of Sushant Singh Rajput. (Image: Twitter)

SUSHANT Singh Rajput was one of the most popular actors in Bollywood. After his sudden death, fans flooded social media platforms seeking answers about his cause of death and the events that led to it.

Recently, a film based on the death of Sushant was released on an OTT platform. Seeking a ban on the streaming of the film, the late actor’s father, Krishna Kishore Singh approached the Delhi High Court.

The application claimed that the film, Nyay: The Justice included defamatory statements and news articles, and violated the personality rights associated with Sushant. Justice H Shankar on Wednesday dismissed the application and refused to restrain the continued online streaming of the film.

In the court order dated July 11, Justice Shankar noted, “The rights ventilated in the plaint – i.e., the right to privacy, the right to publicity and the personality rights which vested in SSR, are not heritable. They died with the death of the SSR. The said rights, therefore, did not survive for espousal by the prosecutor.”

“I am of the opinion that no case can be said to exist to grant the prayers made by the prosecutor in (the interlocutory application). The IA is, therefore, dismissed,” the court added.

The court order stated that the disclaimer in the film implied that the film is a “celluloid retelling of the life and death of Sushant Singh Rajput.” “To put it plainly, the coincidences are one too many… the impugned film is a faithful retelling of SSR’s life story, and the circumstances surrounding his untimely demise are, therefore, according to me, plain,” the court stated.

Stating that the film was entirely derived from the information available in the public domain, the court order stated that the film is thus, not violating any rights of the dead actor. 

“The impugned movie, being based on information in the public domain, which, at the time of its original dissemination, was never challenged or questioned, cannot be sought to be injuncted at this distance of time, especially when it has already been released on the Lapalap platform a while ago and must have been seen, by now, by thousands,” the court added.

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