‘Ghajini’ gets Mumbai court nod, Chennai court ruling awaitedDecember 24th, 2008 - 6:23 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Dec 24 (IANS) The eagerly awaited Aamir Khan-starrer “Ghajini”, slated for release Thursday, cleared one hurdle Wednesday when the Bombay High Court gave it a green signal, but its producers are awaiting the ruling of the Madras High Court in another case.Justice S.B. Karnik of the Bombay High Court said the film can be released as scheduled but also asked director A.R. Murugadoss to file an affidavit Friday clearing his stand.
Local firm KBC Pictures in its complaint said Murugadoss had entered into an agreement with it in 2004 for re-making the hit Tamil film in Hindi. Thus, the company claimed, the Hindi film was in violation of their contract.
The director’s lawyer Venkatesh Dhond said: “The court has refused to stay the release of the film. The final hearing will be on Friday but for now the court has no objection to its release.”
However, the Madras High Court was Wednesday hearing another case, filed by A. Chandrasekaran, the producer of the original Tamil “Ghajini”, who has alleged that the producers of the Hindi film had forged documents to claim the ownership over the remake rights.
“So far the Bombay High Court has given a go ahead, but now everything depends on the Madras High Court. The film can be released only if it lifts its stay,” Dhond told IANS.
Preeti Puri, vice-president (corporate communication) of the film’s overseas distributors Big Pictures, refused to comment on the matter.
“The matter is sub-judice and we cannot comment on the issue,” she said.