Famous Indian journalist, Arnab Goswami, known mainly for his overenthusiastic reporting style has irked many in Bollywood for alleged ‘irresponsible reporting’. Top Bollywood filmmakers and producers have filed a lawsuit in the Delhi High Court against “irresponsible reporting by certain media houses”. It comes in the wake of the media reports around the investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
The lawsuit was filed against national TV and Arnab Goswami and Pradeep Bhandari of the channel; and prominent anchors Rahul Shivshankar and Navika Kumar.
The plaintiffs include four film industry associations and 34 producers, including The Producers Guild of India. The actors who have set up film production companies in their names and who are among the plaintiffs include Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs have asked that the channels as well as social media platforms to “refrain from making or publishing irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks against Bollywood and its members”. It pointed out that both TV broadcasters have used “highly derogatory” words for Bollywood such as “dirt”, “filth”, “scum”, “druggies” and expressions such as “this is the dirtiest industry in the country”, and “cocaine and LSD drenched Bollywood”.