On Monday, i.e. 12th October, Bollywood’s most powerful production houses as well as actors have filed a case against Republic TV and Times Now in the Delhi High Court seeking “redress against the irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory reporting”. Production Houses such as Yash Raj Films, Reliance Big Entertainment, Farhan Akhtar–Ritesh Sidhwani‘s Excel Entertainment along with actors namely Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma has joined this battle against the defamatory statements and words used by the accused TV news channels during the coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput case as well as the drug probe of Bollywood.
The case has also been signed by Rohit Shetty, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Zoya Akhtar and Luv Ranjan followed by the Producers Guild of India and the Screenwriters Association joining hands with them. According to the statement with which the case was filed, it said, “The television channels have been using “highly derogatory words and expressions for Bollywood such as ‘dirt’, ‘filth’, ‘scum’, ‘druggies’ and expressions 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’. The accused TV news channels are massively pointed out as pro-government channels by not just the general public, but bigger figures in the run. The channels were found to be alleging the Hindi Film Industry with baseless allegations and demoralising statements ever since the Sushant Singh Rajput case was started being investigated by CBI on 4th June.
The news channels went on to breakdown the Bollywood after Rhea Chakraborty was being called out to be the main accused behind the death of the late actor and they turned it into a ‘witch hunt’. However, Republic TV and Times Now just didn’t stop there. They went out to call the whole Bollywood as “druggies”, “filth” and “dirt”, especially after NCB summoned Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Shraddha Kapoor for allegedly being part of the drug probe which was revealed during the investigation by CBI.