High Court clears decks for Zanjeer remake

The remake of the Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan-starrer was embroiled in a legal tussle over production between the sons of deceased filmmaker Prakash Mehra.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 4, 2013 2:07:18 am

Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed Adai Mehra Productions Private Ltd (AMPL) to produce and release the remake of the 1973 Bollywood hit,Zanjeer. The remake of the Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan-starrer was embroiled in a legal tussle over production between the sons of deceased filmmaker Prakash Mehra.

Justice R D Dhanuka set aside an interim order passed by a sole arbitrator restraining AMPL from remaking the film.

Mehra’s son Amit,director of AMPL,was at loggerheads with his brothers Sumeet and Puneet. AMPL had acquired the rights to remake Zanjeer in Hindi and Telegu from Prakash Mehra Productions (PMP),which the three Mehra brothers jointly own. PMP claimed to be the owner of all the rights of Zanjeer.

However,once the shooting of the remake,also titled Zanjeer,commenced,writers Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar made a claim that they were the owners of the copyright of the script and literary work of the original Zanjeer. AMPL subsequently stopped making payments to PMP,which in turn terminated the agreement granting the remake rights to AMPL.

The case was referred for arbitration and on 16 July,2012,the sole arbitrator restrained AMPL from continuing with the production and publicity of the new film.

AMPL,through the law firm Naik Naik and Company,challenged this order in the High Court. The HC set aside the arbitrator’s order.

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