Tamilnadu High Court bans Aamir’s Ghajini release
The Tamilnadu High Court on Tuesday restrained Geetha Arts, a division of Allu Entertainment Private Ltd, and director A.R. Murugadoss from releasing the Hindi version of the Tamil film Ghajini, scheduled for a nationwide release on December 25, in any other language other than Telugu.
Justice P.R. Shivakumar granted the injunction on a civil suit filed by A. Chandrasekharan, producer of the Tamil film Ghajini, over alleged copyright violation. The producer claimed he had invested Rs 10 crore to produce the Tamil film, directed by Murugadoss, also dubbed and released in Telugu.
When the prints were to be processed and released by the laboratory, a further amount of Rs 2.60 crore was required. That is when he alleged that Murugadoss approached Allu Aravind of Geetha Arts, who paid the amount on certain conditions.
Chandrasekharan said he had parted with only the Chennai city rights, Telugu remake and dubbing rights and satellite rights and had retained all other rights. When he heard that Murugadoss and Aravind were planning a Hindi remake, he complained to the Tamil Film Producers Council.
Chandrasekharan further alleged that Allu Aravind filed a suit and obtained an ex-parte order by producing fabricated documents and the matter was pending. He added that Murugadoss may have the copyright, but the rest of the documents they have were fabricated and the agreements, letters, receipts have all been created by them on the blank stamp papers and letter pads.
Allu Aravind says that they are exploring all legal options to release the film on schedule on December 25 and an appeal is to be heard by the vacation bench by the Tamilnadu High Court Today, the December 24.