Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd has been ordered to deposit Rs 15 lakh with the Bombay high court’s registry following a suit filed by actor and script writer Divya Palat alleging the production house used her concept for a reality show, May Be It’s Me, without paying her due royalty.
A single judge bench of justice SJ Kathawalla has given the company time till December 31 to deposit the amount.
Palat alleged that between April and November 2010, she had given a detailed presentation of her concept to Loreal India Pvt. Ltd., which sponsored the reality show. She alleged that after the presentations, the company representatives did not contact her after she sought a fee of Rs 25 lakh.
Her counsel, Feroze Andhyarujina, said the actress was surprised to see that the show being aired on MTV was based on her conceptualisation but with some modifications. He sought a stay on further episodes of the 10-episode show.
The company’s counsel, Vineet Naik, denied the allegations and sought time to submit the production house’s reply.
The court granted them time till January 5 to file replies, but with a condition to deposit Rs 15 lakh with the court registry by December 31 in order to secure Palat’s claim. The direction is, however, without prejudice to the rights and contentions of both the parties.