Kerala court bars release of Dulquer starrer Karwaan

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THRISSUR: A district court in Kerala has granted an interim injunction against the release of the Hindi movie Karwaan, which was set to hit screens on Friday, August 3.

 

The fourth Thrissur Additional District Judge KR Madhukar passed the order under Section 68 of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, a Bar & Bench report said.

The petition was filed by award-winning Malayalam filmmaker Sanju Surendran, who claimed that there were a number of similarities in “characters, location, subject, treatment and object”, between Karwaan and a Malayalam film ‘Aedan’ directed by him.

It was argued that if the matter was delayed by notice and Karwaan was released as per schedule, it would cause irreparable damage to the petitioner, whose copyright had been infringed.

The respondents, including prominent filmmaker Ronnie Screwvala, did not enter an appearance. The Court granted the interim injunction while agreeing with the petitioners’ contention. The film was earlier scheduled for release on June 1.

The film is produced by Screwvala’s RSVP in association with Ishka Films and marks the Bollywood debut of South Indian actor Dulquer Salmaan, who is fresh off the success of Mahanati. It also stars Mithila Palkar, marking her debut in Bollywood as well.

Directed by Akarsh Khurana, “Karwaan” tells the story of three oddballs from different walks of life who are thrown together on a somewhat bizarre journey which helps them find normalcy in their lives. It has been shot in Kerala, according to Film Glitz.

This will be the second Irrfan-starrer movie to release since the actor announced he is suffering from a rare disease. “Blackmail” had released after Irrfan made it clear to its producers that the movie shouldn’t suffer due to his condition. The acclaimed actor has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour.

Image Credit: Film Glitz

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