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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

Maker of Tamil version seeks Rs 230cr from producers of Hindi ‘Ghajini’

From Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai

Chennai, : 19 June ( The producer of the original Tamil version of Amir Khan super-hit starrer “Gajini” has moved the Madras High Court seeking a deposit of Rs 230 crore from its Hindi producers.

A Chandrasekaran of the Chennai-based Sri Saravana Creations said he had first filed a civil suit days before “Gajini” was to be released in December 2008. He wanted to be declared as copyright-holder of the film, and wanted the court to restrain others from dubbing or re-making the film in any other language, except Telugu, without his permission.

However, in view of the urgency of the matter, the High Court permitted the release of the film all over the world, but on a condition that the Hindi producer deposited a sum of Rs 5 crore in court.

After six months of its release, the film grossed crores. While Chandrasekaran sought court's permission to withdraw the amount, Geetha Arts Division of Allu Entertainment

Private Limited sought to replace the cash deposit with bank security. On April 20, the court permitted Chandrasekaran to withdraw the money. Allu Entertainment moved the Supreme Court which directed the registrar-general of the High Court to deposit the amount in a nationalised bank. It also asked the High Court to dispose of the matter expeditiously.

Now, citing media reports and the admission of the producers of the Hindi version, that the film had grossed more than Rs 235 crore since its release, Chandrasekaran filed a fresh petition seeking a direction to the producers

to deposit the entire collection, amounting to Rs 230 crore, in court. Further collections from the film too should be deposited in court, he said.

-Asian Tribune -

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