Bollywood producer-director Ramesh Sippy on Friday withdrew from the Supreme Court his petition seeking stay on the release of the 1975 Hindi blockbuster Sholay’s 3D version over a copyright dispute.
Sippy chose to withdraw the petition since the movie had already been released in theatres across the country earlier in the day.
A bench of Justices A R Dave and Dipak Misra allowed him to withdraw the plea after he submitted that the petition had become infructuous following the release of the movie.
As pleaded by senior advocate Harish Salve,who appeared for Ramesh Sippy,the court also recorded that he will be at liberty to seek accounts and claim damages in the civil suit proceedings. The bench added that interim orders passed by the Bombay High Court would not influence the civil suit proceedings.
Ramesh Sippy had moved the Apex Court after the Bombay High Court refused to stay the release of the film. In the High Court,Ramesh Sippy had asserted his ownership on the copyright of the movie and said that his nephews Shaan and Shasha and others were guilty of infringement of his copyright by trying to make a 3D version of Sholay. He
had challenged a gift deed of September 2000,where Sippy Films gifted all rights in Sholay to Shaan and Saschas company,which in turn gave exclusive 3D and 2D theatrical rights of the film to producer Jayantilal Gada and his company.
hey contended that Sholay Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd had come into being in 2000 and rights of the movie were transferred to this company by Sippy Films Pvt Ltd through the gift deed. The nephews argued that Sippy had no rights over the movie and he could not oppose the production and release of Sholay’s 3D version. They said Sippy never made any copyright claims when their company had dealt with and commercially exploited Sholay’s rights several times earlier.
The High Court had ruled that Sippy failed to make out a prima facie case in his favour and that he had nothing to do with the films 3D rights.