`Raajneeti` in more trouble, but Jha won`t buckle under

Updated: May 15, 2010, 18:19 PM IST

Mumbai: The problems for "Raajneeti" seem to be getting more pronounced. First, a city-based social worker filed a petition in court against the film and now actor and self-styled star Kamaal R. Khan has sent a legal notice to director Prakash Jha claiming copyright over the film`s title.

Social worker Naseem Khan had filed a petition in court Friday asking for the film`s release to be stopped because one of the central characters apparently resembles Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Now, Kamaal R Khan, or KRK as he likes to be called, has sent Jha a legal notice.

When contacted, Jha admitted that Kamaal, known to generate publicity for himself through various controversies, has sent a legal notice claiming copyright.

"But my lawyers are looking into it. There`s absolutely nothing in this claim. We shouldn`t give any importance to people who jump into the picture at the time of release for whatever reasons. Look at the way Rakesh Roshan is being harassed over `Kites` by some person claiming to be entitled to crores of rupees," Jha maintained.

"Earlier, we had someone making claims over Ram Gopal Varma`s `Rakta Charitra` days before release. This is not done!"

Speaking on Naseem Khan`s claims that "Raajneeti" casts aspersions on one of the most prominent politicians of the country, Jha said: "Let all these self-styled supporters of Soniaji come forward to show their loyalty. Am I an irresponsible citizen and filmmaker who would do something so foolish as to portray Soniaji in a bad light?"

"No one has seen a frame of `Raajneeti`. How does anyone presume that Katrina`s character has any resemblance to Soniaji? Have I said it anywhere? Has Katrina said it anywhere? Let Soniaji watch `Raajneeti` and decide."

About an out-of-court settlement with Naseem Khan, Jha said: "Over my dead body. I`d burn the prints of my film rather than give in to such blackmail. No out-of-court settlement for me. I`ve seen enough legal obstacles in my life. This is nothing."