The Delhi Supreme Court on Thursday refused to delay the release of ‘Nyay: The Justice’, which is allegedly based on the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The plea was made by the late actor’s father, KK Singh, who wanted a stay in several films made after his death. Singh had said in his plea that the films “abused the situation” and “tried to use this opportunity for ulterior motives”.
Lead actor Zuber K Khan welcomed the verdict in favor of the film and said he is waiting for the public to watch the film. The trailer for Nyay: The Justice was released Friday, a few days before the actor’s first anniversary. Starring veterans like Asrani, Shakti Kapoor and Sudha Chandran, it seemed like a bad job, with the worst of the horrific media coverage in the wake of Sushant’s death getting a place in it.
However, in an exclusive conversation with indianexpress.com, Zuber took the trouble to say that the film is not a biopic about Sushant, but a story inspired by his life. The actor added that he has been miserable since the release of the film was halted because of the case as he considers this project a tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput.
“It was very disappointing for me, I even cried a few times. There was so much backlash, but I want to tell people I was his fan. And this was my way of paying tribute to the actor. There is no personal agenda for me or anyone else to make this film. I was really troubled all along and now that the film has been given the green light, I can’t wait for people to start watching the film,” Zuber added.
The Naagin actor shared that he has known Sushant Singh Rajput for years and that they have even trained together. “He was the one who taught me martial arts. I had a good relationship with him, but once he left, we lost touch over the years,” Zuber said, adding that he was devastated by the actor’s death. “I think I manifested this movie to me. I didn’t even try to copy it, but I used my acting to pay him tribute,” he added.
Zuber Khan shared that Sushant’s manager’s lawyer has produced Nyay: The Justice and so he was confident they wouldn’t try to paint him a negative hue. “I took the time to say yes because I didn’t want anything wrong or negative projected. Although the film is very close to reality, it is inspired by his life and not based on just one controversy. It’s about this man’s journey from outsider to fame as a TV actor and then to a star. There is no big disclosure as the public already knows this story, it is all out there in the public domain.”
The actor shared that filming for the movie was a difficult time for him and he often broke down. “As an actor I could empathize with the journey and emotions. Whether it’s Sushant or Mahendra Singh in the movie and even me, we’ve all seen our highs and lows and it was a challenging time to relive it on screen. I got goosebumps when I read the dialogues. And the death scene definitely shocked me,” he added.
“We’re not trying to make a statement, that’s what the law is for. As for our movie, it’s a commercial, entertaining movie with romance, suspense, and even song and dance. I would like to ask everyone to check it out before they judge us. All of us have worked hard on it,” he added.
As a final note, the actor said that while the team plans to release the film in theaters, if they remain closed, they could have a digital release.