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No court relief for marathon film 42 Kms

india Updated: Jan 22, 2009 00:44 IST
Urvi Mahajani
Urvi Mahajani
Hindustan Times
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A film made in the backdrop of the Mumbai Marathon failed to get any relief from the Bombay High Court on Wednesday.

42 Kms is about five people from various walks of life — played by Mandira Bedi, Bikram Saluja, Purab Kohli, Samir Dattani and Nauheed Cyrusi — who fight their personal battles to complete the marathon.

The film was scheduled to hit the screens on Friday. Producer-director Nisha Chainani had approached the high court after the debt recovery tribunal directed a status quo on its release.

The court has asked Chainani to wait for the DRT order, expected on Thursday, and approach the appellate tribunal if aggrieved.

In December 2008, Standard Chartered Bank had approached the DRT seeking to defer the film’s release till Chainani repaid a loan of Rs 1.24 crore with interest.

Chainani’s counsel Janak Dwarkadas argued that the film was to be a joint venture between StanChart and Vicky Tejwani of Matrix Media, as per a contract signed in 2005. “But in July 2008, the bank sent us a mail saying they are washing their hands of the film, without giving any reasons,” said Dwarkadas, adding that his client is seeking Rs 5 crore as damages from StanChart.

StanChart’s counsel Venkatesh Dhond countered: “If they were aggrieved by it [the DRT directive] they could have approached the appellate tribunal then. Why come at the last minute?”