The Delhi High Court on Wednesday, suggested Sushant Singh Rajput’s father and the makers of a film purportedly based on the late Bollywood actor's life to find a solution to their dispute, reported ETimes.
While hearing Krishna Kishore Singh's appeal against the single-judge order refusing to stay the release of the film 'Nyay: The Justice', Justice Talwant Singh said, "Talk to each other and see if it can be worked out."
Kishore Singh’s counsel, advocate Jayant Mehta said, "Independent of the proceedings, we will try to resolve." Senior advocate Chander Lall, appearing on behalf of the film director, also agreed to the suggestion and said that there was "no intention to take advantage".
Justice Rajiv Shakdher, who was heading the two-judge bench, remarked however that the case did not seem like "one of those cases where settlement is possible".
The court issued notice and granted a week to the filmmakers to respond to Kishore Singh's application seeking a stay on further circulation or publication of the movie.
The court further noted that the application contained certain documents which were not before the single-judge and thus suggested that an application for the said relief be filed before the single judge itself.
Lall highlighted that in the judgement under challenge, the single-judge has already given liberty to Kishore Singh to come back to it after the release of the film in case of any fresh grievances.
The film titled ‘Nyay The Justice’, touted to be based on Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, is directed by Dilip Gulati and stars Zuber K Khan and Shreya Shukla in lead roles. The film also stars Shakti Kapoor and Aman Verma among others.
Several other projects including Suicide or Murder: A Star Was Lost, and Shashank among others are being made on the late actor’s life. Rajput’s father had hit back against such projects with a legal notice and had also asked for a ban on all movies depicting his late son’s life and sought an amount of Rs 2,00,02,200 as damages from these movie-makers.
The court had directed the filmmakers to render complete accounts of the revenue earned from the films, if any case of damages is made out in future and listed the suit for completion of pleading before the joint registrar.
The suit claimed that in case a "movie, web-series, book or any other content of similar nature is allowed to be published or broadcasted, it would affect the right of the victim and deceased for a free and fair trial as it may cause prejudice to them".
The matter would be heard next on July 26.