Delhi Court stays release of film allegedly based on the life of Chanda Kochhar
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Delhi Court stays release of film allegedly based on the life of Chanda Kochhar

Aditi Singh

The Court Additional District Judge Sandeep Garg, New Delhi has stayed the release of “Chanda: A signature that ruined a career”, which is allegedly based on the life of Chanda Kochhar.

The interim order was passed by the Court after former ICICI Bank MD and CEO, Chanda Kochhar moved the Delhi Court seeking a decree of permanent injunction against the producers of the movie to prevent its release.

After discovering that an alleged biopic on her life, “Chanda: A signature that ruined a career” was slated to be released in theatres and a Film Festival, Kochhar moved the Court on the ground that she had never been approached for obtaining her consent to use her name or to make a movie on her life.

As per an interview which was given by the lead actress during promotions, the movie portrays Kochhar signing documents at the instance of her husband which ultimately “ruined her life”.

Kochhar along with her husband is currently facing probe by CBI and ED for sanctioning loans to the tune of Rs. 1,875 crore to the Videocon Group when she was the CEO of ICICI Bank.

Kochhar, therefore, argued that the content of the film was defamatory as it made insinuations about her life and career as it declared her guilty even before the completion of the investigation or filing of the charge sheet.

Kochhar stated that the promotional interviews of the film and the other vilifying material were extremely prejudicial to the investigation.

Thus, the contents of the film were defamatory and were likely to lower Kochhar’s reputation in society at large, it was submitted.

After hearing Kochhar, the Court opined that the content of the film had the potential to prejudicially affect the reputation of Kocchar and she was, therefore, entitled to an ex parte order of stay.

The Court thus ordered,

Accordingly, all the defendants and their associates, agents, representative and all other acting for and on their behalf are hereby restrained from using the plaintiff’s name directly or indirectly; screening, exhibiting or marketing the film “Chanda: A signature that ruined a career” online or offline, whole or on part or in any other form/ under any other name claiming to be biopic or relating to the plaintiff without her consent; making, publishing, sharing or circulating any commentary/ promotion about the aforementioned movie in any manner whatsoever, till the next date of hearing.”

The matter would be heard next on November 26.

Kochhar was represented by Advocates Vijay Aggarwal, Naman Joshi, Neeraj Tiwari, Shayun Singh, Uzair Khan, Rudrashish Bhardwaj.

Read the Order:

ORDER-OF-CHANDA-KOCHHAR.pdf
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