HC puts stay order on Madhuri’s ‘Gulab Gang’ release

Court has put nine weeks stay order on the release of Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla starrer, ‘Gulab Gang’ slated to release this Friday. Delhi High court has put a stay order on the film’s release following a plea made by activist Sampat Pal. She claims the film is based on her group Gulabi Gang, comprising women vigilantes in UP wearing pink sarees.

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva refrain the film's producers, Sahara One Media and Entertainment Ltd, and their agents from "releasing, exhibiting, distributing and promoting" the film in India and worldwide  till the next date of hearing on May 8, saying "irreparable damage and injury" would be caused to Pal if it is released.

If the film was released in India this Friday then the producers will suffer huge financial loss which would be unimaginable and due to the copyright act the producer will also suffer loss of reputation along with financial loss.

Justice Sachdeva stated that "reputation once lost will not come back".

"Should we permit someone to be defamed? How do you compensate for loss of reputation?" the bench asked the producers and added "if the defendants (producers) at their own risk make a film depicting a person in a negative light, they will have to take responsibility for the same".

Sampal Pal claimed that the film ‘Gulab Gang’ based on her group is made without her prior permission and the content of the film is against her persona. She further added that the defamatory content which would affect her reputation.

Dressed in pink, Pal said that the film promo showing the protagonist as anti-social element, wielding swords and sickles is totally contrary to her real life persona.

Her group is actively involved in fighting social injustices meted to the women. 'Gulabi Gang' was formed in 2006 by Pal in UP's Banda district.