"we will never let anyone malign his personality"
The father of the late Sushant Singh Rajput has filed a plea against films and other content being made based on his son’s life.
Krishna Kishore Singh approached the Delhi High Court seeking to restrain anyone from using SSR’s name or likeness in any capacity.
In his petition, Singh mentioned multiple projects based on the life of Sushant Singh Rajput. SSR passed away by suicide in June 2020.
They include Nyay: The Justice, Shashank, Suicide or Murder: A Star Was Lost and a crowdfunded film that remains unnamed.
Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri issued notices to the filmmakers on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
Ohri seeks their stand on the matter by May 24, 2021.
According to Singh’s plea, shooting for both Suicide or Murder and Shashank has already begun. Nyay is also due for release in June 2021.
However, Singh is calling for a restraint on all projects based on his son’s life.
The suit also seeks almost £200,000 from the filmmakers for “loss of reputation, mental trauma and harassment” to SSR’s family.
The suit, filed through advocates Akshay Dev, Varun Singh, Abhijeet Pandey and Samruddhi Bendbhar, says:
“The defendants (filmmakers), taking advantage of this situation, have been trying to encash this opportunity for ulterior motives.
“Thus, Plaintiff (Singh) has apprehension that various plays, movies, web series, books, interviews or other material may be published which could harm the reputation of the son of the plaintiff and his family.”
The plea also claims that publishing content about SSR’s life “would affect the right of the victim and deceased for a free and fair trial as it may cause prejudice to them”.
As SSR remains a well-known celebrity, any use or misuse of his name without permission amounts to infringement.
The plea adds:
“The said right would be available to the plaintiff after his son’s death as he is the only legal heir of Sushant Singh Rajput.”
Speaking of Singh’s plea, SSR’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti has also spoken out in her late brother’s memory.
Let’s all work towards keeping our dearest Sushant’s image pious and pure, exactly the way he was. Let’s take an oath that we will never let anyone malign his personality and what he stood for! #DontMalignSushantsImage #JusticeForSushantSinghRajput
— Shweta Singh Kirti (@shwetasinghkirt) April 20, 2021
In a tweet from Tuesday, April 20, 2021, she said:
“Let’s all work towards keeping our dearest Sushant’s image pious and pure, exactly the way he was.
“Let’s take an oath that we will never let anyone malign his personality and what he stood for! #DontMalignSushantsImage #JusticeForSushantSinghRajput.”
Kirti and her father are urging people to remember SSR for his legacy, and not in the way current content creators want to portray him.