The Bombay high court on Wednesday paved the way for the release of Salman Khan-starrer Ready this Friday, by refusing to grant relief to a lyricist who had alleged that he wrote the song Character Dheela Hai which appears in the film.
Turkish Mohammed Azam had approached the High Court seeking stay to the release and seeking credit for the song.
According to Azam, he penned the opening four lines of the song in July 2007, and registered his copyright on it with the Film Writers' Association on July 30, 2007.
"I met Pritam, the music director of Ready several times since 2007 and showed him the lines of Character Dheela Hai. He said he would use them in his next film and would contact me later. However, I did not hear from them and came to know from television channels about this song," Azam's petition stated.
The petition demanded that either his name be included in the credits, or the opening lines of the song be deleted.
Opposing the petition, Pritam's lawyer Venkatesh Dhond argued that the first four lines of the song came from a famous poem which was in the public domain. "The poem has been changed a little and used in the movie...Azam has himself copied the lines from the original poem which was penned by someone else in 2004," Dhond said.
Justice A R Joshi refused to grant any relief to Azam, and dismissed the petition.
Ready, a remake of the 2008 Telugu film of the same name, is due for release on June 3. Salman and Asin play the lead roles in the movie.