Madras HC: Ghajini maker seeks Rs 230 crore from producers o

About six months after the release of Aamir Khan’s superhit film Ghajini, a producer of the film’s original Tamil version has moved the Madras High Court seeking a deposit of Rs 230 crore from the producers of the hindi version.

A Chandrasekharan of the Chennai-based Sri Saravana Creations said he had first filed a civil suit days before the Hindi film 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 producer deposit a sum of Rs five crore in the court.

After the film grossed several crores after its release, while Chandrasekharan sought the 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 Chandrasekharan to withdraw the money, however, Allu Entertainment moved the Supreme Court which directed the registrar-general of the High Court to deposit the amount in a nationalised bank.

Chandrasekharan filed a fresh petition seeking a direction to the producers to deposit the entire collection, amounting to Rs 230 crore, in the court. Further collections from the film too should be deposited in the court, he said.

A division bench, which presided over the case, has issued notice to Allu Entertainment.


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