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Ghajini banned: Asin’s Christmas Release halted

[Galatta, Wednesday, 24 December 2008 11:17 No Comment]

image In a quite disturbing set of incidents, Madras High Court granted interim injunction (court order prohibiting a specific course of action) against the national and international release of Murugadoss’s Ghajini. The film – which has a riveting screenplay by A.R. Murugadoss and Aamir and Asin in the lead – has caught every Bollywood film buff’s attention and was eagerly-awaited for this Christmas. But with this injunction, Ghajini will be postponed until the plaintiff A. Chandrasekaran and respondents – A.R. Murugadoss, Geetha Arts Division of Allu Entertainment, Ad Lab Films Pvt Limited, Mumbai – reach a consensus.

A. Chandrasekaran, who produced the film in Tamil, says that he was forced to file this  lawsuit to uphold his rights. He complained that he is the rightful owner of the Hindi remake rights, as he had given up only the Telugu remake rights, Chennai city rights, and satellite and dubbing rights. This naturally entitles him the ownership of the film’s copyrights still and precludes anyone from remaking Ghajini in any other language (other than Telugu, which has already been done). Thus the respondents in question have clearly infringed on his copyrights by remaking it in Hindi, according to his affidavit.

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