Some of the biggest film production companies have filed a law suit against “irresponsible reporting” by some Indian media outlets.
Dozens of companies, including those owned by stars Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have taken action.
“The livelihood of persons associated with Bollywood is being severely impacted by the smear campaign being run by the defendants,” the case says.
The news among the Indian media has been dominated by the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June.
A total of 34 producers and four film industry associations have joined the case against two Indian media channels and four presenters, who have not yet responded to the allegations.
“The privacy of the members of Bollywood is being invaded, and their reputations are being irreparably damaged by painting the entire Bollywood as criminals, seeped in drug culture, and making being part of Bollywood as synonymous with criminal acts in the public imagination,” according to the lawsuit.
34-year-old, Rajput was found dead in his flat in Mumbai on 14 June. Police at the time said he had killed himself.
But his family later registered a police complaint against his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, accusing her of abetment to suicide and other crimes, all of which she has denied.
Since then a number of Bollywood stars, including actress Deepika Padukone, have also faced questioning as part of the investigation into Rajput’s death – although none have been accused of any wrongdoing.
The case is now being investigated by three federal agencies.
Since June, Indian TV news have run a circus on their channel 24/7 with information drip-fed by investigators targeting the film fraternity, aiding the government in sidelining REAL issues that matter to the common people.