Netflix show about India's 'Bad Boy Billionaires' in legal trouble
The show was slated for release on Sep 2
Netflix's new documentary series that focuses on four of India's "Bad Boy Billionaires" has been forced to delay it's release after India's Supreme Court refused to hear its plea against a lower court order.
The series looks at four of India's embattled billionaires - Nirav Modi, Subrata Roy, Vijay Mallya, and Ramalinga Raju.
In a description fo the series, Netflix said, "What would you do to make it to the top? To build an empire? To maintain an image? Bad Boy Billionaires answers just that. Dive into the stories of India's most infamous billionaires – Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Subrata Roy, and Byrraju Ramalinga Raju as they plan, plot and maneuver through their rises and falls. Watch as insiders and experts discuss what made these men genius and, in some cases, the greatest conmen," reads the description by Netflix.
Sounds like something Indian and NRI audiences would be hooked to right? However the show has now been delayed. The reason? The director of the show Dylan Mohan Gray said in a now deleted tweet: “[T]he two tycoons [Roy and Raju] blocking release have been tried and convicted of the offences.”
He later added in further deleted tweets that:
“[E]very single assertion in [Bad Boy Billionaires] has been verified [and] factchecked to a degree utterly unheard of in [I]ndian media... the two tycoons [Roy and Raju] blocking release have been tried and convicted of the offences detailed in the films about them... mortal fear of the truth abetted by [the law].”
“[P]eople say stay positive [and] don't criticise... so in that vein let's just say that if you are rich, powerful, well-connected... no matter what you have done or plan to do... you will [emphasis his] ALWAYS have a loyal friend in the [I]ndian judiciary (loyalty like that is just so rare these days)”.
However, while the Supreme Court of India dismissed the plea, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde however granted liberty to Netflix to approach the Patna High Court against the order passed by a lower court at Araria, Bihar.
Subrata Roy, the Chairman of the Sahara India Parivar who spent two years in jail from 2014 to 2016 has alleged in a Bihar court that Bad Boy Billionaires: India would “malign” his public image and have an “adverse effect” on the Sahara Group. A Bihar court has issued a stay order in his favour asking Netflix to remove Bad Boy Billionaires promos from its site along with stopping promotions of the new show until the issue is settled.
Meanwhile, Ramalinga Raju, former CEO and Chairman of Satyam Computers, who admitted to have inflated the company's revenue to attract new investors, has also filed an appeal in the Hyderabad court saying that Bad Boy Billionaires: India was an invasion of his privacy and contained “half-truths”. Raju was convicted in the Satyam embezzlement scam worth over Rs. 7,000 crores (USD $955 million). He was sentenced to seven years in jail in 2015 but was later granted bail.
There's no word yet on a new release date.
Watch the trailer here: