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Mumbai Court Dismissed Permanent Injunction Suit Against Gangubai Kathiawadi

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 Injunction Suit Gangubai Kathiawadi: The Mumbai City Civil Court has dismissed the plea which restricted the permanent sale of publishing, selling, or creating third-party rights on the novel, Mafia Queens of Mumbai authored by S Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges.

The book Mafia Queens of Mumbai contains the story of Gangubai Kathiawadi in a few of its chapters. As the Bhansali productions are in the process of making it into a film, the plea seeking a permanent injunction on the novel Mafia Queens of Mumbai and the film based on Gangubai Kathiawadi was filed in the Court.

The suit was filed by Babuji Shah who is none other than Gangubai Kathiawadi’s purported adopted son. He mentioned that the novel presents defamatory information against Kathiawadi. He further added that it has tarnished her reputation and damaged their rights to privacy.

Advocate Narendra Dubey said that the authors did not seek any rights or permission from the family before publishing the novel. He also claimed that the authors did not obtain the information published through authentic sources like the family itself.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on behalf of the Bhansali Productions and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt filed a notice of motion as a defendant in the suit. He sought the rejection of the suit under Order VII Rule 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC) under the following points:

  • The suit is barred by limitation since the novel was published in the year 2011 and the suit was filed only in December 2020;
  • Babuji Shah has not submitted any proof that he is indeed the adopted son of Gangubai Kathiawadi.
  • He has also not joined the other recognised family members who claimed the contents to be false.

Additional Sessions Judge RM Sadrani allowed the notice of motion by Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. And further, the plaint filed by Babuji Shah was rejected.

Gangubai Kathiwadi is a film based on the life of Gangubai who was an influencing woman in history. She was known as the Madam of Kamathipura. At an early age, she was allegedly forced into prostitution but then she became a leader with many gang leaders at her disposal.