Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma suffered a setback on Monday after the Nalgonda District SC/ST Court issued an interim stay order to halt the release of his upcoming film Murder, based on the 2018 Miryalguda murder case. The court passed interim orders based on a petition filed by Amrutha, whose husband Pranay Kumar was murdered allegedly by her father Maruthi Rao, who opposed their marriage. On Monday, the court said that Ram Gopal Varma’s Murder cannot be released till the probe into Pranay’s killing is completed. Speaking to Hyderabad Times after the judgement, Pranay’s father, P Balaswamy, said, “Ram Gopal Varma has brought a lot of grief to our family by announcing this film and going ahead with it despite our objection. I’m happy with the court’s decision to halt the film’s release until further notice and I hope RGV will have the decency to refrain from using my son’s tragedy for his commercial gains.”
Last month, on the direction of the court, the Miryalguda One Town Police had filed a case against Ram Gopal Varma and producer Karuna Natti. They were booked under IPC Section 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and other sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act.
“The film Murder is a direct intrustion and invasion of my privacy over which the defendant does not have any manner of right,” Amrutha said in her petition.