Nandini Reddy in Trouble Over Copied Content

Nandini Reddy in Trouble Over Copied Content

2013 film Jabardasth is still haunting director Nandini Reddy, producer Bellamkonda Suresh over its copied content. As the original producers Yash Raj Films have taken a legal route and slapped cases against the Telugu makers, the issue is in the Delhi High Court. Responding on the case filed by Yash Raj Films, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday ordered to restrain Jabardasth's release in any format, including DVDs, VCDs, Blu-ray discs, and television airing.

Justice Manmohan opined that the Samantha and Siddharth-starrer was a "blatant copy" of Yash Raj Film's 2010 movie Band Baaja Baaraat featuring Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. "In the present case, this court is of the view that the defendants have blatantly copied the fundamental, essential and distinctive features as well as forms and expression of the plaintiff's film on purpose and consequently, have infringed the plaintiff's copyright in the film Band Baja Baaraat," said Justice Manmohan. The court stated that the copyright Act has been violated by the makers of Jabardasth by "infringing" the copyright of Yash Raj Films. This is a big blow to the makers of Jabardasth.

Jabardasth was released in February 2013 across various screens in India, including Delhi, and in March 2013, the high court passed an interim order restraining its makers Sri Sai Ganesh Productions from releasing it in any format. Yash Raj Films, in its suit, said that after Band Baaja Baaraat's release in September 2010, it decided in April 2011 to remake the movie in Tamil and Telugu languages. However, at the end of 2011, it came to know that the defendants intended to remake the same film in Telugu without acquiring the remake rights.

The counsel for the Telugu film makers submitted that this court did not have the territorial jurisdiction to deal with this matter as the movie was conceived, written and directed in Hyderabad and no part of its preparation including the post-production work had taken place in Delhi. The court, however, said it has jurisdiction to decide this case as the Telugu film was released in Delhi too. "This court is also of the opinion that the defendants have no real prospect of defending the claim as their defense had been struck off and they have not denied the documents of the plaintiff. In fact, the evidence of the plaintiff has gone unrebutted," it said.

With this, big trouble looms large for director Nandini Reddy and producer Bellamkonda Suresh.

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