SRK, Aamir, Salman, 35 others file suit against ‘irresponsible reporting’ by some media houses
As many as 38 film bodies and production houses have filed a suit against a news channel and four journalists for defaming the Hindi film industry. Over the last couple of months, Bollywood became target of constant ridicule on news channels with derogatory terms being used for the industry.
Republic TV, Arnab Goswami, Pradeep Bhandari, Times Now, Rahul Shivshankar, Navika Kumar have been named in the suit filed before the Delhi High Court. Production houses of Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, Akshay Kumar, Aditya Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar and all other major banners have all come together as plaintiffs in the suit. The Film &Television Producers Guild of India (PGI) and Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) have also joined the suit.
The news channels are accused of using derogatory words such as “dirt”, “filth”, “scum”, “druggies” and expressions such as “all the perfumes of Arabia cannot take away the stench and the stink of this filth and scum of the underbelly of Bollywood”.
Here’s a full list of plaintiffs:
The Film &Television Producers Guild of India (PGI) 2.
The Cine & TV Artiste? Association (CINTAA)
Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC)
Screenwriters Association (SWA)
Aamir Khan Productions
Ajay Devgn Fflims
Anil Kapoor Film and Communication Network
Arbaaz Khan Productions
Ashutosh Gowariker Productions
BSK Network and Entertainment
Cape of Good Films
Clean Slate Filmz
Emmay Entertainment & Motion Pictures
Kabir Khan Films
Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
One India Stories
R.S. Entertainment (Ramesh Sippy Entertainment)
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
Red Chillies Entertainment
Reel Life Productions
Reliance Big Entertainment
Rohit Shetty Picturez
Roy Kapur Films
Salman Khan Films
Sohail Khan Productions
Tiger Baby Digital
Vinod Chopra Films
Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures
Yashraj Films Republic TV is also embroiled in a fake TRPs controversy. Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh had claimed that Republic TV and two other Marathi channels had manipulated TRPs.
The TRP racket was unearthed after a police complaint by Hansa Research Group Pvt Ltd, the agency contracted by the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) to place audience meters to monitor TV channels watched by households.