Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt have been summoned by the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate in Mumbai in connection with a criminal defamation case filed by Babu Rawji Shah, one of the four children adopted by Gangubai Kathiawadi.
The filmmaker is directing a film based on Kathiawadi’s life with Alia in the eponymous role. As per reports, Bhansali and Alia will have to present themselves before the Mumbai court on May 21.
Shah has claimed that the chapter on Gangubai Kathiawadi in Hussain Zaidi’s book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, is defamatory, tarnishes her reputation and violates his right to privacy and self-respect.
Meanwhile, Bhansali, who had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, has now tested negative and will be getting back on set soon to restart shoot.