Bollywood producers file lawsuit over media coverage

Bollywood producers file suit over media coverage
Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan's production companies have joined the case. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Some of the biggest production companies in Bollywood have filed a lawsuit against “irresponsible reporting” by some Indian media outlets.

It comes in the wake of the death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput in June.

The actor is believed to have killed himself, but the case has fuelled months of speculation by Indian news channels.

Dozens of companies, including those owned by stars Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan have taken action.

The case said: “The livelihood of persons associated with Bollywood is being severely impacted by the smear campaign being run by the defendants.”

Indian media has been dominated by Mr Rajput’s death in recent months.

A total of four film industry associations and 34 producers have joined the case against two Indian media channels and four presenters, who have not yet responded to the allegations.

According to the lawsuit: “The privacy of the members of Bollywood is being invaded, and their reputations are being irreparably damaged by painting the entire Bollywood as criminals, seeped in drug culture, and making being part of Bollywood as synonymous with criminal acts in the public imagination.”

Rajput was found dead in his flat in Mumbai on 14 June and at that time police said he had killed himself.

But later, his family registered a police complaint against his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, accusing her of abetment to suicide and other crimes. She has denied all the accusations.

Since then a number of Bollywood stars, including one of the most leading actresses in the industry Deepika Padukone, have also faced questioning as part of the investigation into Rajput’s death – although none have been accused of any wrongdoing.

The case is now being investigated by three federal agencies.

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