Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt in a pivotal role, is once again making headlines. The film that initially went on floors in December 2019 faced significant delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been in a legal circle since then.
As per reports, family members of Gangubai have filed a case against Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actress in the Bombay civil court. Their case raises objections to the story of the film.
For those who aren’t aware of, one of Gangubai’s adopted sons, Babuji Raaji Shah. He has filed a case against the makers of the film and Hussain Zaidi – the author of Mafia Queen Of Mumbai on which Gangubai Kathiawadi is based on. His complaint claims that parts of the book are defamatory and infringement upon his privacy, liberty, and self-respect. He has demanded the production of the film be halted. He has also asked to remove the chapters from the book.
As per reports the first hearing took place at Bombay Civil Court, and it has dismissed an the complaint against Hussain Zaidi, the author of Mafia Queen of Mumbai and the producers and actor of Gangubai Kathiawadi. The site stated, “Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had filed a notice of motion on behalf of Bhansali Productions and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, who was also added as a defendant in the suit. They had sought rejection of the plaint under Order VII Rule 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC).”
The site further revealed, “After hearing both sides extensively, Additional Sessions Judge RM Sadrani allowed the notice of motion filed by Bhansali Productions and rejected the plaint filed by Shah. A detailed order is awaited.”