Appeal seeking stay on release of `Don 2` filed in Bombay HC

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2011, 16:27 PM IST

Mumbai: Two days before the release of Farhan Akthar`s `Don 2`, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra, an appeal has been filed seeking stay on the movie alleging copyright infringement.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi has kept the appeal for hearing tomorrow.

Legal heirs of Nariman Hirani, who had originally owned the rights of the film Don released in 1978, had filed a suit before a single judge who dismissed it on December 19 citing delay in approaching the court.

An appeal on Wednesday was filed by Nariman Films and Hirani family challenging the single judge`s order and seeking a stay on the release of the movie Don 2 saying it has violated copyrights by adopting the Don signature tune, songs of the original 1978 movie and also the script and characters.

Nariman Hirani has claimed that the rights for remaking Don was shared in 2005. However, it was valid only till 2009.

They have claimed that the director and producers, including Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, of Don 2 did not buy any rights for making the sequel.

The single judge had refused to stay release of the film but kept the prayer for damages to be decided at a later stage. Nariman Films have claimed damages to the tune of Rs200 crore.

IANS