The Bombay High Court, on Monday, granted interim relief to filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and his brother Mukesh Bhatt in a defamation suit they filed against actress Luviena Lodh. The court has also restrained the actress from making and circulating any false statements against Bhatt brothers and granted her 3-weeks to reply to their suit.
Here’s What Happened
On October 23, in her 48-second long video, Luviena had called herself the ‘the wife of Mahesh’s nephew’. She also claimed that her estranged husband Sumit Sabharwal supplied ‘drugs and women’ to various actors and that Mahesh knew all about it. She had called Mahesh ‘the biggest don of this industry’, saying,
If you don’t play by his rules, he will make life difficult for you. Mahesh Bhatt has ruined a lot of lives by putting them out of work. He makes one phone call and people lose their job. Ever since I filed a case against him, he has been trying to enter my house and remove me from this house. No one files my NC (non-cognizable complaint) either and even after great difficulty I manage to file an NC, no action is taken.
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Adding further, the actress said,
If something should happen to me and my family, the only people who are responsible are Mahesh Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt, Sumit Sabharwal, Sahil Saigal, and Kumkum Saigal. People should at least get to know of how many lives they have destroyed behind closed doors and the things they can do because Mahesh Bhatt is extremely powerful and influential. Thank you.
Sumit Sabharwal released an official statement through his lawyers, where he stated he was not related to Mahesh Bhatt and brother Mukesh, but was just an employee of Vishesh Films. The response reads as below:
The claims and contents of the video being circulated by our client’s estranged wife Mrs. Luveena Lodh are denied in toto. Our client expresses his deepest regret that the good name of Mr. Mahesh Bhatt & Mr. Mukesh Bhatt (herein after referred to as the Bhatt Brother’s) is being sullied solely due to his pending (since 2016) matrimonial dispute with his wife.
It is made amply clear that our client is merely and employee of M/s Vishesh Films Pvt Ltd. and NOT related to either of the Bhatt Brother’s as has falsely and maliciously been sought to be made out by the video’s in question. Every attempt being made in order to formulate a relation between our client and the Bhatt brothers must be construed as a well-crafted conspiracy to precipitate and motivate a lucrative “settlement” for her disputes with our client; as is amply made clear in her interviews as well.
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Lawyer representing the Bhatts have also dismissed all allegations, adding that legal action will be taken against Luveena. Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Pooja Bhatt tweeted:
Please note that the lady in question is not a ‘relative’ since the man she was married to-Sumit Sabherwal is not MR Bhatt’s nephew as mentioned, nor related to him in any other way. Sumit is a senior production manager/head of production at @VisheshFilms
Please note that the lady in question is not a ‘relative’ since the man she was married to-Sumit Sabherwal is not MR Bhatt’s nephew as mentioned, nor related to him in any other way. Sumit is a senior production manager/head of production at @VisheshFilms https://t.co/8vevGTBRhC
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) October 23, 2020
Mukesh Bhatt at his end also issued a statement saying,
As mentioned in our defamation plaint submitted in the courts today (Monday), that Mr Sumit Sabharwal is only an employee in my production company Vishesh Films for over 20 yrs as opposed to Ms Luviena Lodh’s claims that he is our relative in various media reports and publications.
About Luviena Lodh
A college dropout, Luviena had appeared on a reality show called Zee Cine Stars Ki Khoj. In 2017, Lodh appeared as the protagonist in a short film called Girl On Heels that streamed on Sony LIV. Luviena Lodh also acted in a web series called Humse Na Ho Payega in 2019.
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