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On Rajinikanth’s complaint, Madras HC stays the release of Hindi film ‘Main Hoon Rajinikanth’

The Madras High Court on Wednesday stayed the release of 'Main Hoon Rajinikanth', a forthcoming Hindi feature film.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai |
September 17, 2014 4:19:40 pm
In his petition, Rajinikanth, who approached the court using his real name Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, has demanded that the court stop the release and screening of 'Main Hoon Rajinikanth'. In his petition, Rajinikanth, who approached the court using his real name Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, has demanded that the court stop the release and screening of ‘Main Hoon Rajinikanth’.

The Madras High Court on Wednesday stayed the release of ‘Main Hoon Rajinikanth’, a forthcoming Hindi feature film after Tamil superstar Rajinikanth had moved the court complaining that the producer of the movie had copied his superhero image from his various movies and that there are scenes of immoral nature.

Hearing the petition, Justice S Tamilvanan of Madras HC granted interim injunction restraining Varsha Productions, Rizvi Mansion Cooperative Society, L J Road, Mahim West, Mumbai, from releasing the movie.

In his petition, Rajinikanth, who approached the court using his real name Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, has demanded that the court stop the release and screening of “Main Hoon Rajinikanth.”

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Citing examples of lifting or exploiting the superhero image of Rajinikanth in the pre-release advertisements including video releases, online advertisements, articles and posters of “Main Hoon Rajinikanth,” Rajinikanth’s complaint said the producer has not approached him for consent or permission to use his super hero image to promote the new film.

Invoking ‘personality rights,’ the complaint said that Rajinikanth’s irrefutable acting ability, charisma, distinct personal style, mannerisms and stylized delivery of dialogue in films have contributed to his mass popularity and appeal.

“His popularity as coming from his larger-than-life appearance in many films, supported by gravity-defying stunts and charismatic expressions/dialogues which often attain cult status, whilst preferring to maintain humility and simplicity in real life,” the complaint said.

Adithya Menon and Kavita Radheshyam playing the lead roles, “Main Hoon Rajinikanth”, directed by Faisal Saif, portrays the life of a funny and wicked CBI officer-cum-contract killer Rajinikanth Rao.

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