The Bombay High Court restrained Tollywood producer Dil Raju’s Sri Venkateshwara Creations Pvt. Ltd. from releasing Nani’s silver jubilee film ‘V’ on Amazon Prime Video until the OTT platform deletes a scene featuring a picture of Bollywood actress Sakshi Malik which was used in ‘V’ without her permission. The controversial picture showcased Sakshi as an ‘escort or a commercial sex worker’.
The High Court further directed the defendants to take down the telecast of ‘V’ in all versions, irrespective of language and sub-titles, until the said deletion of the scene. The Court gave Amazon Prime Video 24 hours to suspend the availability of the film ‘V’ on its platform.
Actor-model Sakshi Malik, better known for her appearance in a song in the super hit film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, with Kartik Aaryan, filed a defamation suit, seeking for permanent injunction against the screening of V for using her picture without her consent and showcasing her in a derogatory manner.
“The fact that the image has been illicitly used is bad enough. It only makes matters worse when used in a plainly derogatory and demeaning vein,” the High Court observed. The Court also ordered that Amazon Prime Video cannot release the re-edited version of the film without a specific order of the Court. The matter will again be heard on March 8th.