One of the first releases of the new year, Yamla Pagla Deewana, has run into legal trouble with one of its distributors, Eros International Media, filing a suit in the against the producer, Top Angle Production, for not providing them with the film prints.
Ashok Saraogi, counsel for the producer, made a statement in Bombay high court that they are waiting for the certificate from the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC). “We’ll get the certificate in a day or two. Let them (Eros International) clear their dues, we will immediately give them the prints,” said Saraogi.
Justice Roshan Dalvi on Monday disposed off the application filed by Eros International. However, the high court has kept the main suit for hearing later this month.
According to the suit filed by Eros International, they had entered into agreement with the producers M/S Top Angle Production on December 10, 2010, whereby they (Eros International) were assigned copyrights of the film for its release, exhibition, circulation and broadcast.
It had even acquired overseas distribution rights of the film. The prints are presently with Reliance Media Works, which is the laboratory where the prints are being developed, states the suit.
Usually the film prints have to be handed over to the distributors two weeks in advance to enable them to send it to different territories for release.
Eros International alleged in the suit that since the initial review reports of the film are good and other distributors are willing to pay more money as royalty, “defendant 1 (Top Angle) is avoiding complying with their part of the obligation.”
Denying the allegations, Saraogi said the distributor had not cleared his dues. Yamla Pagla Deewana is directed by Samir Karnik, and stars Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, and Bobby Deol.