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Fanney Khan in legal trouble, Vashu Bhagnani moves SC to stall film’s release

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor film Fanney Khan has landed in legal trouble as producer Vashu Bhagnani has moved Supreme Court against the film.

bollywood Updated: Jul 31, 2018 09:17 IST
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Fanney Khan release is in question as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao film lands in legal trouble.
Fanney Khan release is in question as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao film lands in legal trouble.
         

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao’s Fanney Khan has landed in fresh legal trouble as Hindi film producer Vashu Bhagnani moved the Supreme Court against its release on Monday. Fanney Khan is all set to release on Friday, August 3.

Bhagnani claims that the film’s distribution rights for India was given to his company Pooja Entertainment Films Ltd. He had earlier demanded his rights for the film and also credits as a co-producer. The statement also asserts that Vashu Bhagnani holds the distribution, exhibition and exploitation of commercial and non-commercial theatrical rights of Fanney Khan in all India territories. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khawhilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud have posted the case for hearing on August 1.

In its plea, Pooja Films said that it owns the exclusive rights to distribute, exhibit and exploit the commercial and non-commercial theatrical rights for the film Fanney Khan throughout India and entered into an MoU with co-producer Kriarj Entertainment in December 2017.

Pooja Films also claimed that sole distribution rights for the film were sold to it and it has deposited an amount of Rs 8.50 crore, out of an agreed Rs 10 crore payment, and as per the agreement, the remaining money need only be paid a week before the film’s release. However, in connivance with others, the rights were parted with its entire co-production and distribution rights, it further said.

Two petitions already been were pending before the Delhi and Bombay High Courts. The petitioner sought direction for transfer of the cases pending in the Bombay High Court to the Delhi High Court or to the Supreme Court and stay the release of the film.