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Javed Akhtar files defamation suit against Kangana Ranaut

In the complaint, Javed Akhtar said Kangana Ranaut made “baseless comments” that “caused damage to reputation”.

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Mumbai: Poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar has filed a defamation case against actor Kangana Ranaut in a Mumbai court for making “baseless allegations” against him in comments made to the media on the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, news agency PTI reported.

In the case filed before the metropolitan magistrate in west Mumbai’s Andheri, Javed Akhtar sought action under the Indian Penal Code against Kangana Ranaut for defamation.

In the complaint, Javed Akhtar said Kangana Ranaut made “baseless comments” that “caused damage to reputation”. The complaint alleged Kangana Ranaut dragged in his name while referring to a “coterie” in Bollywood while talking about the death of Sushant Singh Rajput in the media.

Kangana Ranaut has been criticising sections of Bollywood over nepotism and lack of transparency. After Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai home in June, Kangana Ranaut had released a two-minute video speaking highly of him and alleging that he was a victim of nepotism in the film industry.

She had also claimed that Akhtar had threatened her to not speak about her alleged relationship with actor Hrithik Roshan, it said. All these statements made by Ranaut have garnered views in lakhs and thus tarnished Akhtar’s reputation, the complaint said.

In a separate matter, the Mumbai Police on Tuesday issued notice to Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel to appear before them on November 10 and November 11 in connection with a case of allegedly promoting enmity between communities through their remarks.

Earlier, reacting to Kangana’s several controversial statements, Shabana Azmi had said in an interview to Mumbai Mirror, “Kangana has started believing in her own myth. She says she taught feminism to the film industry, she taught it nationalism. I’m glad she spelled that out because nobody else had noticed! I think she fears the day when she will no longer be in the headlines and so has to keep making outrageous statements to stay in the news. Poor girl, why doesn’t she just do what she is best at, which is acting.”

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