Following the legal trouble among the co-producers of Fanney Khan and Batti Gul Meter Chalu, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday restrained producer Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Film Company and Pooja Entertainment & Films Ltd from interfering with the distribution and release of these films.
According to a report in Times Of India, T-Series had filed a case against Bhagnani claiming that the producer was interfering in the release process by issuing ‘baseless public notices’ asking various theater owners and film distributors in the country to not enter into agreements in releasing and distributing the films. Bhagnani also claimed that he had acquired the rights of the films from KriArj in 2017, and served notices to Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series, Prernaa Arora’s KriArj Entertainment and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s production house ROMP last month.
A report in The Free Press Journal states that lawyers representing T-Series sent multiple replies last month to Bhagnani’s legal team asking it to provide a copy of the alleged agreements under which he claimed to have the rights of the films. But, instead of responding to the requests, the team issued public notices and asked film distributors across the country to not execute any deals with T-Series or the films’ producers.
As the case involved too may third party investors, the Delhi High Court directed the matter to be taken up together next week and also restrained Bhagnani’s Pooja Films and Pooja Entertainment & Films Ltd from issuing any notice or making any claims in relation to Fanney Khan and Batti Gul Meter Chalu till then.
Bhagnani told Daily News and Analysis that he had not received any notices about the development, and that he had filed a suit against Anil Kapoor Film and Communication, KriArj Entertainment, Bhushan Kumar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. He also said he didn’t know Anil Kapoor was also one of the producers of Fanney Khan till he saw the trailer; Nishant Pitti’s name was also featured. But, despite investing in the film, his name was not in the credits. Said Bhagnani, “This is a case similar to that of Parmanu. I have the all-India rights and am hopeful of justice.” In the case of Parmanu, actor-producer John Abraham won the case against KriArj Entertainment, and Bhagnani’s company released the film across India.