The Delhi High Court on Wednesday suggested that late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father and the makers of the Hindi film Nyay: The Justice, which is based on Rajput’s life, should make an effort at finding an amicable solution to their dispute, Live Law reported.
Justice Talwant Singh made the suggestion when hearing Rajput’s father Krishna Kishore Singh’s appeal challenging the previous order of the court refusing to stay the release of the film.
The court also issued a notice granting a week’s time to the film’s makers to file their response to Singh’s appeal and scheduled the next hearing for July 26.
In April 2021, Rajput’s father moved the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on the release of any film based on the late actor’s life. He had alleged breach of right to privacy and that depicting the actor’s personal life, name, images, caricature, lifestyle, likeness in form of biopic or story was a direct infringement of his “personality rights”.
The petition also argued that “any such publication, production, or depiction of the private life of the late actor is a blatant and wilful breach of the fundamental right to privacy which includes right to publicity.” The plea stated that the same cannot be commenced without his prior approval as he was Rajput’s legal heir.
Dismissing the plea, the Delhi High Court had, on June 10, refused to stay the release of Nyay: The Justice. Following this, the makers had released the trailer of the film and claimed that they would later release the film on a website.
During a hearing on June 23, the court had directed both Rajput’s father and the film’s makers to clarify on the release of the film while refusing to restrain the makers from further promotions or release.
According to a report in The Indian Express, Rajput’s father stated in an application that the release of the film on the website Lapalap original was “nothing but a sham” as it was “incomplete, completely smudged, and hazy throughout.”
The application also said that the film could not be considered to be released as it is incomplete.
The petition filed by Rajput’s father with the Delhi High Court also seeks a ban on the release of the upcoming films Murder: A Star Was Lost, and Shashank.
Rajput died by suicide on June 14, 2020, in Mumbai, sparking several controversies and a trial by media speculating on the cause of his death, mental health issues, and nepotism in the Hindi film industry.