Shiney Ahuja slaps legal notice to ‘Great Grand Masti’ makers for using his name

Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja has slapped a legal notice to the makers of adult comedy ‘Great Grand Masti’ for naming a character in the movie after him. Reportedly, the character of a maid in the film, played by actress Sonali Raut, is named ‘Shiney’.

The notice has been sent to director Indra Kumar, producers Ekta Kapoor and her father Jeetendra of Balaji Motion Pictures, and Maruti International. In the notice, Shiney has sought an apology from the makers and demanded that all references to ‘Shiney’ be deleted from the movie.

The notice, served by a Chandigarh-based legal firm, Jurisconsultus, on behalf of the ‘Gangster’ actor, points out that naming the maid Shiney amounts to Criminal Contempt as defined under Section 2(c) of the Contempt of Court Act 1971.

"Clearly naming the maid Shiney seems to be a quirky take on the infamous rape case of maid involving Shiney Ahuja. The trial court had convicted Shiney and he has challenged the conviction order before the Bombay High Court. The hearing of appeal is in progress before the Bombay High Court. In such a situation, producing a film using his name in a derogatory manner amounts to creating impediments in the free flow of administration of justice," Neeraj Chaudhary, managing partner of the legal firm was quoted by The Indian Express.

The actor is currently out on bail since 2011 after he was convicted of raping the maid working at his house in Mumbai. He was sentenced to seven years in prison. Shiney has appealed against the verdict in the Bombay High Court.

Shiney has warned of a civil as well as criminal procedure against the makers of the film if they fail to comply with the notice.

Starring Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani, ‘Great Grand Masti’ was originally slated to release on July 22. But the complete movie was leaked online three weeks before on July 4. So, the team preponed the release date to July 15.