The Bombay High Court Monday refused to grant an interim stay on the release of the remake of 1973 hit movie Zanjeer,which was scheduled to release on September 6.
The film has been mired in litigation after Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar,the scriptwriters of the 1973-film starring Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan,moved the High Court claiming that they held the copyright over the script,dialogues and the story of the film and demanded compensation.
According to the duo,they had permitted the original producer Prakash Mehra to make a film based on their script only once. A remake of the film would therefore require their consent and urged the court to stay the release of the film.
The court,while refusing to grant an interim stay on the films release,observed that the plaintiffs,Salim-Javed,had demanded compensation of Rs 6 crore and the defendants Mehras son Sumeet who is producing the remake,and others had agreed to pay the amount if the court ruled in the plaintiffs favour. The copyright infringment,as alleged by Salim-Javed,still remains pending. The court also observed that there was a delay in serving legal notices to the defendants,and the plaintiffs had stated that they would grant permission for the Zanjeer remake if they were paid adequate compensation.
Counsel for Salim-Javed approached a Division Bench challenging Mondays decision.