Release of Amitabh Bachchan Starrer Movie ‘Jhund’ Stayed

Telanaga High Court has stayed the Release of Amitabh Bachchan Starrer Movie ‘Jhund’.

In the instant case, the plaintiff approached the Court and alleged that defendant’s no.1 to 12 (T-Series) have
infringed his copyright and requested a temporary injunction against the release of movie Jhund.

His petition was allowed as the Court held that his copyright was infringed.

Amitabh Bachchan Starrer Movie ‘Jhund

One Akhilesh Prakash Paul (1st defendant) who is alleged to be initially a gangster / Don,
is said to have turned into a soccer player after being coached by Vijay Barse ( the 2nd defendant). 

After that he became Captain to the Indian Slum Soccer Team in the Slum Soccer World Cup and thereafter also became a Football Coach.  

Recently he was Guest of Honor in a well-known T.V. Show by name, ‘Satyameva Jayate – Season 3’ hosted by popular Bollywood actor Mr. Aamir Khan.  

The said show was covered by various T.V. Channels and Magazines.  

Grievance of Plaintiff Against T-Series

The plaintiff submitted that he had watched the story of the defendant no.1 on the popular tv show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ and was inspired.

He then approached the defendant no.1 and requested him to grant his life story rights in his favour. 

The defendant agreed, and the rights were allotted to the petitioner. A sum of Rupees twelve lakh was to be paid to the defendant no.1 as consideration.

A No objection certificate and declaration letter was also issued to the plaintiff, and a sum of Rs 5.5 lakh was transferred to the defendant no.1

In April 2018, the plaintiff came to know that a movie is being made on the life of defendant no.2, who was the coach of defendant no.1.

And the movie will incorporate story from the life of the defendant no.1 as well.

The plaintiff tried to contact the defendants to stop the movie’s release but to no avail.

Aggrieved, the plaintiff approached the Civil Court.

Proceedings before the Civil Court

The counsel for the defendants stated that there was no infringement of the copyright of the plaintiff as the movie was not based on the life of defendant no.1, but on the life of defendant no.2.

It was also alleged that the plaintiff only came forward when the movie was in an advance stage to exploit the makers.

Learned counsel for the plaintiff reiterates his claim that the makers had infringed in copyright.

Trial Court Court passes an order in favour of the plaintiff.

Hon’ble Trial Court held that the copyright of the plaintiff was infringed , therefore the status quo should be maintained.

Telanaga High Court Stays Amitabh Bachchan Starrer Movie ‘Jhund’

After going through all the facts of the case and order passed by the Trial Court, the Hon’ble High Court held that
prima facie it was apparent there were similarities in the movie made by the defendants and the script that was registered by the plaintiff.

It was further observed that if the defendants were allowed to release the movie then

whatever novelty there is in the script of the plaintiff would be lost, and it would be difficult to compensate him by way of damages. 

The Court found there was no reason to interfere with the order passed by the Trial Court and therefore the appeal was dismissed.

Case Details:-

Title: M/s Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited(T-Series) and another vs And Nandi Chinni Kumar and 12 others.  

Case No. Civil Miscellaneous Appeal Nos.355 of 2020

Date Of Order: 19.10.2020

Coram: Hon’ble Justice M.S Ramachandra Rao and Hon’ble Justice T. Amarnath Goud

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