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SSR case: Bollywood unites against media houses for ‘unfair trial’

Rida Shaikh

The entire Hindi film fraternity has reportedly stood up against two news channels for allegedly passing derogatory and defamatory statements against the Bollywood film industry. Some news channels had earlier branded the Bollywood film industry as “scum” and a “drug den.”

A group of actors, including Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, and Anil Kapoor among others, filed a suit in the Delhi High Court against the two news channels.  The list of plaintiff also includes the names of The Film & Television Producers Guild Of India (PGI), The Cine & TV Artiste Association (CINTAA), Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC), and Screenwriters Association  (SWA).

What are the charges filed against the news channels?

The said suit forbids the channels from conducting media trials of Bollywood celebrities.  It also asks the news channels to abide by the rules and regulations of the Programme Code and to remove all the defamatory and derogatory content reported by them against the famous Bollywood personalities.

This follows the long and extensive coverage of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. During the coverage of SSR’s death case, words like “scum,” “druggies,” “dirt,” “filth,” and phrases like “all the perfumes of Arabia cannot take away the stench and stink of this filth and scum of the underbelly of Bollywood”  were used against Bollywood film industry.

Who are the Plaintiffs that filed the suit?

The list of plaintiffs who filed the suit against the news channels for making derogatory and defamatory statements against the film industry are:

  1. The Film & Television Producers Guild of India
  2. The Cine & TV Artiste Association (CINTAA)
  3. Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC)
  4. Screenwriters Association (SWA)
  5. Aamir Khan Productions
  6. Ad-Labs Films
  7. Ajay Devgn Films
  8. Anil Kapoor Film and Communication Network
  9. Arbaaz Khan Productions
  10. Ashutosh Gowarikar Productions
  11. BSK Network and Entertainment
  12. Cape of Good Films
  13. Clean Slate Filmz
  14. Dharma Productions
  15. Emmay Entertainment and Motion Pictures
  16. Excel Entertainment
  17. Filmkraft Productions
  18. Hope Production
  19. Kabir Khan Films
  20. Luv Films
  21. MacGuffin Pictures
  22. Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
  23. One India Stories
  24. S. Entertainment
  25. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
  26. Red Chillies Entertainment
  27. Reel Life Productions
  28. Reliance Big Entertainment
  29. Rohit Shetty Picturez
  30. Roy Kapur Films
  31. Salman Khan Films
  32. Sikhya Entertainment
  33. Sohail Khan Productions
  34. Tiger Baby Digital
  35. Vinod Chopra Films
  36. Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures
  37. Yashraj Films


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