In fresh trouble for filmmaker Prakash Jha, Phantom Films has served a Rs 1 crore notice to his production house, alleging that the film Jai Gangaajal was made without having the rights of making a sequel.
Phantom Films, a joint movie production house owned by Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, claims it owns the IPR (intellectual property rights) of 2003 release Gangaajal, directed and produced by Jha, and the rights to make a sequel or any adaptation based on the original film.
The notice, issued on August 6, claimed that Prakash Jha Productions (PJP) had made a sequel of Gangaajal without having the rights to do so.
“As the film is made already and intellectual property rights are violated, Jha should provide Rs 1 crore to Phantom film as compensation,” the notice stated.
It added that if Jha fails to pay the compensation within 7 days, then Phantom will go to court against the director and Prakash Jha Productions over the issue.
Phantom films in its notice also stated that Jha has already been paid for the rights of the original film and Jai Gangaajal (from Phantom), and thus, does not hold the authority to make a sequel.
The notice was issued after Play Entertainment (co-producer of Jai Gangaajal) had recently given an advertisement in a trade magazine, regarding the rights of Gangaajal.
The advertisement mentioned that if nobody claims of the rights of the film (Jai Gangaajal), then it will be assumed that the rights will be protected by Play Entertainment.
Recently, Play Entertainment, co-producer of Priyanka Chopra-starrer Jai Gangaajal had filed a police complaint against director Prakash Jha’s production company, alleging fraud and cheating.
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