2 min read.Updated: 12 Oct 2020, 06:15 PM IST Written By Meghna Sen
Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, and Karan Johar's production houses are among the 38 Bollywood associations and producers who have filed a suit in the Delhi High Court
Thirty eight Bollywood associations and producers have filed a suit in the Delhi High Court against two news channel, including Republic TV and Times Now, and four senior journalists -- Arnab Goswami, Pradeep Bhandari, Rahul Shivshankar, Navika Kumar -- for making or publishing irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks against the Hindi film industry, as per reports.
Some of the biggest names from the film industry -- Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Farhan Akhtar -- are part of the unprecedented legal action against both the channels.
Since late actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away, the Hindi Film industry became a target of constant ridicule on TV news channels with "derogatory and defamatory" words being used for Bollywood and its members.
The suit asks that the news channels as well as social media platforms "refrain from making or publishing irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks such as “dirt", “filth", “scum", “druggies" against Bollywood and its members". It also asks that they be restrained from carrying out media trials of film personalities and infringing upon their privacy.
Bollywood and its members want a "perpetual and mandatory injunction from carrying on reportage and publication of material that violates applicable laws". The filmmakers have reportedly demanded that the news channels abide by the 1994 programme code and "withdraw, recall and take down all the defamatory content published by them against Bollywood".
The Film & Television Producers Guild of India (PGI) and Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) have also joined the suit.