Almost a month after the Bad Boy Billionaires release was pushed back from September 2 on Netflix, the streaming giant has finally come out with all the episodes of the series, except for that of B Ramalinga Raju.
Last month, a Bihar lower court had put a stay order on the Bad Boy Billionaires release after Sahara India’s Subrata Roy’s plea was recognised by the lower court. The court then ordered Netflix to not use Roy’s name in the series. According to Roy’s counsel, the series was an attempt to dampen his client’s reputation.
However, Netflix had sought a vacation of the stay last month and the lower court in Bihar vacated its own stay order and made the release possible, after a week of hearing arguments.
The Bad Boy Billionaires release has been fraught with controversies and court orders since its trailer released. Apart from Subrata Roy, Mehul Choksi had also submitted a writ petition, which was rejected by the Delhi High Court. Additionally, a Hyderabad court had also stopped the release of the series due to a separate plea filed by B Ramalinga Raju of Satyam Computer Services.
The B Ramalinga Raju episode is missing in the Bad Boy Billionaires release because the stay order by the Hyderabad court is yet to be vacated. Netflix had previously moved the Supreme Court to get the two stay orders vacated, but that didn’t work out in the OTT platform’s favour.
Roy had previously alleged that the director had met him in London with the idea of the series and told him that it’d be made on his life. Moreover, he also said that he was told the feature would be titled Billionaires.
The docuseries was promoted by Netflix as an “investigative docuseries [that] explores the greed, fraud and corruption that built up – and ultimately brought down – India’s most infamous tycoons.”
Bad Boy Billionaires: India will showcase some of the biggest Indian businessmen who, after reaching the pinnacles of success, have become embroiled in various cases and come tumbling down. The initial Bad Boy Billionaires release was expected to feature four stories – Nirav Modi, Sahara India’s Subrata Roy, Kingfisher Airlines’s Vijay Mallya and Satyam Computer Services’s Ramalinga Raju. However, soon after Netflix dropped the trailer, it was forced to take it down from all platforms due to these cases.
The latest Bad Boy Billionaires release on Netflix has definitely given some hope to the streaming giant, and to all those people who were eagerly awaiting its release.