Libaas prints belong to govt: IFFI director reacts to legal notice

  • Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times, Panaji
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2014 15:54 IST

Producer of 1988 film Libaas, Vikas Mohan, had sent a legal notice to International Film Festival of India (IFFI) director Shankar Mohan seeking apology for screening the Gulzar's directorial venture at the ongoing festival. Reacting to the development, Mohan told HT that the cost for making movie was born by the government of India (Directorate of Film Festivals) and the prints belong to the directorate.

Shankar Mohan, who is in Goa for IFFI 2014, said, "I haven't received the notice yet. Maybe they sent it to the Delhi office, I am not aware of it. But considering the fact that IFFI is all about promoting films and tehre is no commercial gain involved, I really doubt if the notice stands ground."

Vikas Mohan said that the permission for screening was given 22 years ago in 1991. So, is the permission still valid? The IFFI director said, "We need to look into the technical details but as far as our knowledge goes, the Indian Panorama Films are made at government cost for promoting the films. We have the rights for non-commercial screenings to promote cinema." The entire festival is about promoting films and filmmakers. There is no commercial angle to it and if the government wanted, they could have got sponsors for the festival."

Further talking about screening Libaas, Shankar Mohan said, "We do special retrospective on Dadasaheb Phalke award winner. Since Gulzar has a huge body of work and we don't have many slots, we asked Gulzar to pick and choose. Libaas was one of the choices and fortunately we had the prints."

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