New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Metropolitan Magistrate at Mazgaon has issued summons for actress Alia Bhatt and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali along with the writers of The Mafia Queens of Mumbai.  

A case has been filed against Gangubai Kathiawadi's director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the lead Alia Bhatt. The duo have have been asked to mark their presence in the court on May 21.

The court's order was quoted by Bar and Bench as, "All accused have acted in common intention to portrayed the image of Gangubai Kathiawadi which has affected the reputation of deceased Gangubai in the area where she is living. Now it's effect are seen on the family of complainant."

The Court also specified that there was no permission sought from Gangubai's family before publishing the book or even releasing the film Gangubai Kathiawadi's trailer. The order further stated, "To portray the image of deceased Gangubai without consent of family members amount to defaming her image."

The whole incident happened after some residents of Kamathipura protested against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film and accused the makers and cast of defamation. Their official statement said, "The New Alia Bhatt Starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is a blatant misrepresentation and an attempt to malign the 200 years of actual history of Kamathipura. It is defamatory, shameful and has hurt the sentiments of the residents of Kamathipura."

The film is based on Hasan Zaidi’s book, 'Mafia Queens Of Mumbai' and as per Gangubai's adopted son Baburao Shah, the novel has tarnished the image of Gangubai Kathiawadi.

Gangubai Kathiawadi is based on a madam named Gangubai of Kamathipura's (Mumbai's famous red light area) brothel. The film is set to release on July 30.

Meanwhile, talking about Alia Bhatt, she recently shared a post thanking her fans for the love they have showered on the film's trailer. Taking to Instagram she wrote, "Aap sab ne Gangu ko itna pyaar diya uske liye THANK YOU!"

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Alia Bhatt ☀️ (@aliaabhatt)

What are your thoughts about the whole incident?

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal