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Kites in trouble again

entertainment Updated: May 12, 2010 12:59 IST
HT City Correspondents

KitesHrithik Roshan starrer Kites just can’t keep out of trouble. Two weeks before the release of the Rs 150 crore film, producer Rakesh Roshan faces allegations of copyright infringement. On Monday, a Bihar Civil Court ordered a stay on the film’s release after a person named Laxmi Prasad, of Sunbeam Holdings, claimed that Roshan owes him Rs 10 crore, allegedly for the copyright of the action scenes in the film.

Talking to HT City, a baffled Roshan said he’s never heard of this man before. “I have no idea who this guy is. He lives in some village in Bihar and claims that he has the copyright for the action of my film. How is it even possible? The action director of our film is Hollywood-based Spiro Razatos. There is absolutely no truth in this. My legal advisors are looking into the matter and the team is flying to Bihar today (Tuesday) and I hope the matter is resolved soon.”

Rubbishing rumours that Roshan agreed for an out-of-court settlement and will pay Prasad Rs 5 crore now, Roshan says, “I have never heard from him, I have never met him or spoken to him for any sort of negotiation.”

Asked if the stay order will affect the film’s release, Roshan says, “Absolutely not. The film will definitely release as per schedule.”

When contacted, the spokesperson for distributors Reliance Big Pictures, while acknowledging that there’s legal trouble, said, “We cannot comment as the matter is sub-judicate.”

The film has been courting trouble from the start. First, rumours of an affair between Hrithik and Barbara caused problems in the former’s marriage with Sussanne Roshan and later its release date was postponed from Diwali 2009 to May 2010 because of post production hassles. Ealier this year, the theatrical promo of the film was leaked on YouTube and two weeks ago, a Mumbai tabloid leaked its climax.