Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hrithik Roshan starrer Kites gets into Copyright Infringement Trouble

Hrithik Roshan’s upcoming movie, Kites, is scheduled to release in theatres on May 21, 2010 but the release might be postponed as Bihar Civil court ordered a stay on the release of the movie till May 24, 2010.

Laxmi Prasad of Sunbeam Holding filed a complaint against Rakesh Roshan in the court. The complaint says that Rakesh Roshan did not pay him Rs. 50 million for the copyright of the action sequences.

However, Rakesh Roshan told reporters that he had never heard the name of the person before. He said, “I have no idea who this guy is. He lives in some village in Bihar and claims that he has the copyright for the action of my film. How is it even possible? The action director of our film is Hollywood-based Spiro Razatos. There is absolutely no truth in this. My legal advisors are looking into the matter and the team is flying to Bihar today (Tuesday) and I hope the matter is resolved soon.”

Mr. Roshan also denied of making an “out-of-court settlement” with Laxmi Prasad and said that he had never heard of him or made any sort of negotiation.

Well, such issue of copyright infringement is not new in Bollywood in 2009, a script writer named Suchitra Bhatia claimed that the script of Yash Raj Films’ New York Hindi movie was actually written by her.

Aamir Khan starrer, 3 Idiots also faced similar controversy as it is said to have been inspired from popular novelist Chetan Bhagat.

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