Mumbai: Decks were cleared for release of
the much-publicised Shahrukh Khan-starrer `Don2` with the
Bombay High Court today dismissing a plea seeking a stay on
exhibiting the action film due to hit the screens tomorrow.
Legal heirs of Nariman Hirani, who owned rights of the
original film `Don`(1978), had filed a suit before a single
judge of the High Court, seeking the stay on the grounds of
copyright violation. But the single judge dismissed it on
December 19, saying it was too late.
Nariman Films and Hirani family then filed an appeal.
The contention was that Farhan Akhtar`s upcoming film
violated their copyright by adopting signature tune, songs,
script and the characters of the 1978 film (which starred
Hirani`s suit claims that rights for a remake were sold
in 2005, when the first film starring Shahrukh was made.
However, this agreement was valid only till 2009.
The director and producers (which includes Shahrukh), of
`Don2` did not buy any rights for making the sequel, it says.
Don2 also features Priyanka Chopra.
"As per the agreement dated March 21, 2005, permission
was given only to make one film. The petitioner saw the
movie`s trailer only in October, following which a legal
notice was sent to producers," said advocate Iva Bhansal,
lawyer of Nariman Films.
However, the division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah
and Justice Roshan Dalvi refused to grant stay, pointing out
that words in the agreement were "film/films" and therefore
the producers could make sequels.