RGV’s Sholay in Court

RGVs-Sholay.jpgThe embargo placed on Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Sholay’ caused after Sascha Sippy, son of Original ‘Sholay’s’ producer Vijay Sippy, submitted a petition against the movie was taken to court. The petition says that Varma had copied the script and the characters of the original film. Sascha Sippy, the director of Sippy Films, had moved court on Oct 19, 2006 for restraining Varma from using the words ‘Sholay’, ‘Gabbar’ and ‘Gabbar Singh’ in the new film. The court had issued notices to Varma, his production House K. Sera Sera’s managing director P M Sanghvi and original Sholay’s producer’s son Ajit Sippy, who sold the production rights for the remake of Sholay to Varma, to file their replies to the allegations in the petition. The petitioner had contended that the script, the three popular words and screenplay of Sholay are the original literary work, protected under the sections 14 and 51 of the Copyright Act of 1957. Maharashtra Advocate General Ravi Kadam who appeared in the court in Varma’s personal capacity asserted that unless his client’s film matches the original Sholay scene-to-scene and dialogue-to-dialogue and in every other respect, it cannot be accused of violating sections 14 and 51 of the Copyright Act of 1957. The next hearing will be on March 2 and it will decide the fate of RGV’s Sholay.

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