The Delhi High Court on Thursday cleared the way for Bollywood film “Gulaab Gang” to open in cinemas, a day after it put the movie’s release on hold over allegations the film was based on a real-life women’s rights organization in India with a similar name.
Sampat Pal, the leader of the “Gulabi Gang” — a group of vigilantes wearing pink saris who act on complaints of domestic violence and dowry demands — had moved court against the movie. Pal accused the film-makers of basing the movie on her life without her permission.
On Wednesday, judge Sanjeev Sachdeva suspended the film’s screening till a court hearing in May, citing irreparable damage and injury to Pal if the film were shown.
Judges BD Ahmed and S Mridul reversed that decision on Thursday, acting on an appeal filed by the film’s co-producers.
Girish Johar, who heads distribution for Sahara Movie Studios, said they would comply with a court ruling requiring the film to run a disclaimer that it is not based on Pal’s life or her organization.