'Gulaab Gang' bombed, producers tell HC

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'Gulaab Gang' bombed, producers tell HC

The producers of Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla-starrer film ‘Gulaab Gang’ on Monday opposed in the Delhi High Court, the plea of an activist that the ongoing screening of the movie has amounted to “continuous defamation” saying that it has bombed at the box office.

“They (producers) say the film has bombed. It means that people are not going to see your (activist) life in theatres. We cannot stay its screening,” a bench comprising Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul said.

During brief hearing, senior lawyer Rajiv Nayar, appearing for producers including Sahara One Media and Entertainment Ltd, said the film has bombed at the box office because of “uncertainty” over its release.

The court had last Friday lifted the stay granted on release of the film by a single judge bench on the ground that the movie depicted Uttar Pradesh-based activist Sampat Pal and her ‘Gulabi Gang’ in a poor light.

The counsel for Pal on Monday also made a fresh plea for stay on the screening of movie saying “I have seen the film. It has instances of my life and I go to jail in the end for the offence of attempt to murder. This is continuous defamation.”

“Please take it from me, I am not here for money. I am not going to settle it for money. I have fought for women’s cause through legal means. I am being defamed,” she said.
“You can always seek damages,” the bench said and rejected the plea for a stay on the screening of the film.

The film, which was scheduled for a nationwide release on February 7, had faced trouble after a single judge bench on February 5 stayed its release, taking note of Pal’s defamation law suit.

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