The notice sent out to Varma bars him from releasing Not A Love Story. Jerome Matthews, who has been in prison for the past 10 years for killing Neeraj Grover wants the release of the film to stop as he feels that he has been projected in a negative light in the film. He accused Ram Gopal Varma and the producer Sunil Bohra of believing the exaggerated reports put out by the media and not verifying facts with him.
On the other hand RGV and Sunil Bohra have been claiming that the film is a fictional one and is only inspired by Grover's case. It is not portraying the story of Maria or Jerome in any manner. The makers of the film clear the air by saying that Not A Love Story has nothing to do with any person living or dead. However, Jerome's notice stated that he has ample evidence that the film is based on the Neeraj Grover murder that took place on 7 May 2008. He is concerned that the release of Not A Love Story will hamper the image of his family.
Jerome has also appealed against the judgement and it has been approved. The notice finally directed that all publicity material should be withdrawn within 24 hours and the release of Not A Love Story should be stopped else Ramu will have to face severe legal action. Bangalore Mirror quoted Ram Gopal Varma, “Our lawyers are studying the notice and we will give an appropriate reply in a couple of days."
Ace director Ram Gopal Varma was already aware of the risk factor that his upcoming film Not A Love Story carries, therefore he had already filed a Caveat in the High Court to avoid any kind of stay on the release of the film. However, looks like nothing seems to be working for Ramu. First it was South actress Maria Susairaj who wanted to see the film to give her approval for the release and now it is Jerome Matthews who has sent a legal notice to RGV.