Stay on Gulaab Gang Lifted; Movie to Release Tomorrow
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has lifted the stay order on Gulaab Gang. It has allowed nationwide release of the Madhuri Dixit-Juhi Chawla-starrer on march 7th. The Delhi High Court had agreed to hear the appeal of Gulaab Gang film producers who had challenged its order staying release of the movie which is claimed to be based on the life of activist Sampat Pal and her organisation Gulabi Gang. A bench of Acting Chief Justice BD Ahmed and Justice S Mridul agreed to hear the plea during the day after it was mentioned before it by senior advocate Rajiv Nayar, appearing for the producers, Sahara One Media and Entertainment Ltd.
The court said it will hear the plea after the producers will file a compact disc of the lawsuit and other related documents before it. The court asked for the compact disc as it is a paperless electronic court (e-court). The producers approached the Division Bench challenging the order of the single-judge who yesterday stayed till May 8 the nationwide release of the Madhuri Dixit-Juhi Chawla starrer, which was slated to hit theatres tomorrow, on the plea of Pal claiming the film is based on her group Gulabi Gang, comprising women vigilantes in UP wearing pink sarees.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva had restrained the film’s producers and their agents from "releasing, exhibiting, distributing and promoting” the film in India till the next date of hearing on May 8, saying "irreparable damage and injury" would be caused to Pal if it is released. The single judge had noted that while the producers might suffer monetary loss, Pal will suffer both financial loss, as her copyright over Gulabi Gang has been used without her permission, as well as loss of reputation “which cannot be calculated in terms of money".
Pal in her plea has claimed that her permission was not sought prior to making of the film and had alleged that it contains defamatory content which would adversely affect her reputation. She has alleged that as per the film’s promos, the lead actress playing her character was shown as an anti-social element, wielding swords and sickles, contrary to her real life persona.
While staying the release of the film-censored or uncensored, the court had rejected the argument of the producers that Pal should not be granted any relief as she came to the court at the last minute despite knowing about the making of the film since March 2013, saying it found no merit in the contention.