Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi lands in legal trouble
The shooting of Alia Bhatt-starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi isn't even complete and the film has landed in legal trouble. Gangubai Kathiawadi's adopted son, Babuji Rawji Shah, has filed a case against Alia Bhatt, the film's director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and author Hussain Zaidi. The film Gangubai Kathiawadi is based on Hussain Zaidi's book Mafia Queens of Mumbai.
In his petition, Shah has alleged that the film and its source material, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, are "defamatory" and infringe his rights to "privacy, liberty, and self-respect."
Shah has asked for the film's production to be stopped due to the aforementioned reasons. He has also shown his disapprovement of the details mentioned between pages 50 and 69 of the book Mafia Queens of Mumbai. He has also asked for a permanent order to stop the printing and circulation of the book.
The first hearing of the case took place December 22 and the defendants have been given time till January 7, 2021, to respond.
Shah's lawyer Narendra Dubey has said that a criminal complaint might be filed against everyone named in the petition for "for defamation, indecent representation of women, and circulation of obscene and indecent material."
In his petition, Shah said that he has been harassed by members of his locality, which even led to a fractured leg, after the promotional material of Gangubai Kathiawadi was released. He further stated that his family is being referred to as "coming from a prostitute family (sic)".
Sanjay Leela Bhansali came back to the director's chair for Gangubai Kathiawadi after a break of two years. He last directed Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor-starrer Padmaavat, which was released in 2018.