SC clears the way for 'Fanney Khan' release

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the release of Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Hindi film "Fanney Khan".

 

A bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Indu Malhotra dismissed the plea filed by producer Vashu Bhagnani against its release on August 3, IANS reported.

The musical comedy that revolves around a father, played by Anil Kapoor, who wishes to fulfil his daughter's dream of becoming a singer, would be released as per schedule on August 3.

Bhagnani had contended that the distribution rights of the movie in the country were entrusted to his company, Pooja Entertainment and Films Limited and that he has already purchased the same.

He also claimed that it was dismissed and mutually agreed upon by his associates and producer to give him the credit as a co-producer, in the film, which was not done properly, a UNI report said.

Pooja Films claimed that sole distribution rights for the film were sold to it and it has deposited an amount of Rs 8.50 crore, out of an agreed Rs 10 crore payment. The remaining money needed to only be paid a week before the film's release.

However, in connivance with others, the rights were parted with its entire co-production and distribution rights, it further said. The petitioner had sought direction for transfer of those cases from Bombay, either to Delhi High Court or to the Supreme Court and stay the release of the film, which the apex court denied.

Bhagnani alleged that the film’s distribution rights for India was given to his company Pooja Entertainment & Films Ltd.

Pooja Films said that it owns the exclusive rights to distribute, exhibit and exploit the commercial and non-commercial theatrical rights for the film Fanney Khan throughout India, entered into an MoU with co-producer Kriarj Entertainment in December 2017.

Pooja Films also claimed that sole distribution rights for the film were sold to it and it has deposited an amount of Rs 8.50 crore, out of an agreed Rs 10 crore payment, and as per the agreement, the remaining money needs only be paid a week before the film's release.

However, in connivance with others, the rights were parted with its entire co-production and distribution rights, it further said. Two petitions already been were pending before the Delhi and Bombay High Courts. (With inputs from ANI, IANS)

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