It can now be told that producer Siddharth Roy Kapur was the brain behind the collective lawsuit that the film industry filed against the two news channels Times Now and Republic TV for defamatory remarks on the Hindi film industry.
One of the litigant-producers told this writer, “This lawsuit and the ensuing order from the Delhi High Court restraining the two channels from broadcasting derogatory content against our film industry is entirely due to Sid(Roy Kapur). I don’t think we would have taken action against the two channels if it wasn’t for Sid’s initiative. He personally rang up all the leading producers asking them to sign the lawsuit.”
One attempted to get Siddharth Roy Kapur to speak on the revolutionary step to protect the film industry from being maligned. But he chose not to respond. A source close to Roy Kapur said, “He took the initiative. Now he will step back and remain quiet and let the law take its course.”Amen to that.
For the unversed, film production houses owned by Bollywood stars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar and others had approached the Delhi High Court in October and had filed a lawsuit against ‘irresponsible reporting by certain media houses’. The producers had said that the channels used derogatory words and expressions for Bollywood like "filth", "scum" and "druggies”, as well as provocative expressions.
On Monday, the Delhi High Court issued notices to the channels on the plea filed by the leading producers. The court asked the channels to ensure that defamatory content is not displayed on their channels or on social media platforms.
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