03:33 GMT28 January 2021
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    Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming Hindi movie "Gangubai Kathiawadi" is the real life story of a Mumbai-based brothel owner. The movie starring actress Alia Bhatt is based on the crime novel "Mafia Queens of Mumbai" written by Hussain Zaidi with original research by reporter Jane Borges.

    Gangubai Kathiawadi's son Babuji Rawji Shah has filed a lawsuit against renowned Indian filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is making a movie based on the real life story of his mother that claims she had ties with the underworld during the 1960s. The lawsuit is also against Alia Bhatt, who plays the lead character in the movie.

    The case was filed as Shah has alleged "defamation, indecent representation of women, and circulation of obscene and indecent material".

    Shah's lawyer Narendra Dubey told the Indian news website The Print that he and his family have been subjected to harassment because people in his locality are calling them "a prostitute family" due to the movie and has demanded production of the film be halted.

    Shah, who continues to live in Kamathipura, India's biggest red light area in Mumbai, is one of four children adopted by Gangubai.

    "Ever since the promo of the film came out, rumours have spread and Shah has been harassed in his locality. His leg was fractured from being hit. His relatives are also suffering as they are now being known as coming from a 'prostitute family'", Shah's lawyer Narendra Dubey said.

    The movie is based on the crime novel "Mafia Queens of Mumbai" written by author Hussain Zaidi and reporter Jane Borges. Shah has also filed a case against them and has sought a permanent restraining order on printing and circulation of the book.

    Shah reportedly objected to the second half of the book (from pages 50 to 69) that details Gangubai's life. He called it defamatory in nature and an infringement upon his right to privacy, self-respect, and liberty.

    The first hearing of the case was held at the Bombay Civil Court and the defendants have been given until 7 January to respond.

    Netizens have taken to social media slamming the makers for violating Shah's right to privacy.

    The movie "Gangubai Kathiawadi" was scheduled for release on 11 September but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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