On 12th October, it was reported that leading production houses of Bollywood, as well as 4 film industry associations along with various celebrities such as Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Taapsee Pannu, have filed a case of defamation against two Indian Television news and their reporters namely Republic TV and its journalists, Arnab Goswami and Pradeep Bhandari, and Times Now and Rahul Shivshankar and Navika Kumar of the same.
In the lawsuit filed against the two, Bollywood celebrities and filmmakers, producers such as Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn, YRF has alleged the channels of using derogatory terms for Bollywood such as “filth”, “scum” and “druggies”, as well as statements such as “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”. All of these remarks and terms were used for the Hindi Film Industry during the investigation of Sushant Sing Rajput’s death and the drug probe which was revealed during the investigation of CBI.
Now after a week of filing the lawsuit, SpotboyE.com reportedly got in touch with a few celebrities involved in the filing of the defamation case and got to know about their stand and opinion on the case. Actors such as Taapsee Pannu, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, BJP MP Hema Malini has spoken about what they felt about the situation of the lawsuit.
Tapsee Pannu said that she is glad that Bollywood is finally uniting. She was quoted saying, “I’m glad to see unity. We have been yearning to see this unity since past few months so I’m glad it’s happening. Better late than never.” whereas Nawazuddin Siddiqui spoke about how he was discriminated during his struggle yet he adores Bollywood and was quoted saying that “To label the entire film industry as dirty, yeh bahot gandi baat hai. I’ve struggled like any newcomer in my initial years. I’ve been discriminated against. But so what? It happens in every profession! Today I get the roles I want. I do the films I want to do on my own terms. I get the money that I think I deserve. This, despite being short and dark-skinned. I say this is a beautiful industry. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world.”
BJP MP and former actress Hema Malini said, “The insults were getting to be too much. I am not saying we are all doodh ka dhula hua. But to label us all as druggies and evil, was shameful and intolerable. I’ve been a part of Bollywood for forty years. I’ve never misbehaved nor has anyone misbehaved with me.” while senior actress Shabana Azmi expressed her views on the lawsuit by saying, “The lawsuit is a momentous action because all the Associations have come together along with the Production houses. It’s probably the first step of such kind that the Hindi film industry has taken.”
Urmila Matondkar said that it was something that was necessary to be done. She said, “The lawsuit is a much-needed move. I am all for it.” On the other hand, senior actor Shatrugan Sinha spoke how it was wrong to defame the whole industry because of a few. He was quoted saying, “Every industry, every organization has its rotten apples. One can’t label the whole damn community as bad because of the few undesirable elements. This abuse of our film industry had to stop. This whole controversy was no longer about Sushant Singh Rajput. It was about something else. Exactly what, I don’t know.”