Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi has been creating a huge buzz because of a controversial reason. In a criminal defamation complaint filed in connection with Gangubai Kathiawadi, the Bombay High Court has granted an interim stay on proceedings initiated by a local court against the actor and filmmaker. The HC in its order on August 10 granted the interim stay till the next date of hearing on September 7.
On a defamation case made by Babuji Shah, who claimed to be the adoptive son of Gangubai Kathiawadi, on which Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film is based on, with Alia Bhatt essaying the titular role, a metropolitan magistrate issued summons against the actress, SLB and his production company Bhansali Productions Private Limited in March this year.
Shah claimed that the film was inspired by the novel "The Mafia Queens of Mumbai". According to Shah, some parts of her work were defamatory and tainted Gangubai's reputation, and violated her right to privacy. Later, senior counsel Aabad Ponda argued that they had no knowledge of the existence of Babuji Shah. In August, Justice Revati Mohite Dere issued a notice to Shah and scheduled a hearing filed by Alia and SLB on September 7.
In response, the court said that the proceeding before the trial court, qua (with regard to) the applicants is delayed until the next date. Another HC bench refused to grant a stay on the film's distribution. Shah had then moved to HC, seeking for a stay on release of the film, and an order restraining the writers/publishers of the novel from creating any third-party rights or writing any other story on the life of Gangubai.
However, Justice Nitin Sambre rejected the application noting that any content of defamatory nature dies with that person's death. Last month, Alia shared a bunch of photos from the sets as she wrapped up shooting for the film. The teaser was released in February and received a great response.