Filmmaker JP Dutta can breathe easy. His film Umrao Jaan, an adaptation of Mirza Mohammad Haadi Ruswa's novel, Umrao JaanAda, will after all release this week.
According to information available, RajTaru Studios, a post-production and special effects company, had filed a suit against Dutta in the Bombay High Court, seeking a stay on the release of Umrao Jaan till the filmmaker cleared the payment of Rs 17 lakhs due to them for the work they did for his earlier films Refugee and LOC.
"RajTaru studios had filed a complaint against Mr J P Dutta in the AMTPP (Association of Motion Pictures and Television Programme Producers), for the recovery of Rs 17 lakhs, Dutta owned them for post-production and special effects," said Mahendra Bajpai, counsel for RajTaru Studios.
He added: "On October 12, the AMTPP passed the award that Dutta clear it by October 26," as he had 90 days to file an appeal against the award, allowed by the association.
But RajTaru studios sought legal arbitration to recover their dues and filed a suit against Dutta in the Bombay High Court. According to Bajpai, "They're apprehensive that if the film flops at the box-office, Dutta will have a line of creditors asking for the money he owes them and as a result, they won't get the money due to them. So they filed the suit seeking an injunction on the release of Umrao Jaan till their dues were cleared."
The matter was heard by Justice Kanade, who ruled that, "there was no need to stay the release of Umrao Jaan as it had nothing to do with the case." So he has fixed November 8 for the next hearing," informed Bajpai.
Dutta was unavailable for comment.