The Supreme Court suggested on Wednesday that the name of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ be altered in light of various cases pending in courts attempting to block its release on Friday, February 25.
A Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and JK Maheshwari was hearing an appeal filed against a Bombay High Court order that extended the stay on summons issued by a Mumbai court in a criminal defamation complaint against Gangubai Kathiawadi producers, actress Alia Bhatt, and authors S Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges, who wrote the book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, on which the film is based. The Supreme Court will continue hearing the matter tomorrow.
Several cases have been filed against the movie seeking to halt its release. Gangubai Kathaiwadi is based on the real-life sex worker who rose to political prominence in the neighbourhood of Kamathipura in Mumbai. Among these cases is one by Babu Ravji Shah, the real Gangubai’s adopted son.
Babu Ravji Shah alleges that the film is defamatory towards his mother. He has challenged an order from the Bombay High Court which refused to stay the release of the film. There are a slew of complaints filed against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, including one by Maharashtra MLA Amin Patel and Kamathipura resident Shraddha Surve both of which were dismissed by the Bombay High Court earlier today.
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