Delhi High Court Rejects the Stay of Sushant Singh Rajput’s Biopic. Reason Inside

The court dismissed an application filed by Sushant’s father seeking an interlocutory injunction in his suit against the film’s makers of “Nyay- The Justice”, a film on Sushant Singh Rajput’s life. It was released on an OTT platform in June 2021, after one year of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The court stated that an injunction cannot be sought at this point in time, especially when the movie has already been released on a platform and must have been seen by thousands of people by now.

According to the court, the relief sought in Sushant’s father’s plea, including rights of privacy, publicity, and personality vested in Sushant, ceased to exist upon the actor’s death and are not inheritable.

Observing that the publicity and privacy rights are not heritable and died with death of the late actor, Justice C Hari Shankar observed:

“The impugned movie, being based on information in the public domain, which, at the time of its original dissemination, was never challenged or questioned, cannot be sought to be injuncted at this distance of time, especially when it has already been released on the Lapalap platform a while ago and must have been seen, by now, by thousands. The movie cannot be said to be infracting Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India. Injuncting further dissemination of the movie would, therefore, infract the defendants‘ rights under Article 19(1)(a).”

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