A metropolitan court in Mumbai issued summons to the producers of the film ‘Gangubai Kathiwadi’ as well as actor Alia Bhatt in connection with a criminal defamation complaint.
The summons were issued last week by the Metropolitan Magistrate, Mazgaon and the detailed order was made available on Wednesday. The defamation case was filed by Babuji Shah through his lawyer Narendra Dubey.
The film is based on a novel by S. Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges, and is being produced by Bhansali Productions.
Shah, who is the adopted son of Gangubai Kathiawadi, said that chapters in the novel on his mother were defamatory, tarnished her reputation and infringed upon the right to privacy and self-respect.
In his complaint, Shah said that Kathiwadi was a social worker who fought for the rights of sex workers, and lived her life with dignity and respect.
The court, after hearing the submissions, said, “Even if it is considered that she was prostitute, that does not mean that anybody has the permission or right to show or mention her as a prostitute in public”.
It further said that no consent was obtained from Shah prior to the publishing of the novel or the release of the promotional trailer.
“To portray the image of deceased Gangubai without the consent of the family members amount to defaming her image,” the court added.
The summons were issued to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bhansali Productions, the authors and Alia Bhatt.