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Ramu's Sholay taken to court

The Sippys served a notice to the court in order to restrain Varma from using Sholay and Gabbar Singh trademarks.

india Updated: Oct 20, 2006 18:59 IST
Udita Jhunjhunwala & Vajir Singh
Udita Jhunjhunwala & Vajir Singh

Gabbar Singh might have a new look, but Ram Gopal Varma might need to think of a new name for the character in his remake of Sholay.

The Delhi High Court on October 5 granted ‘ad interim’ or temporary relief to Sippy Films Pvt Ltd — producers of the original cult film Sholay — and Sholay Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd, restraining K Sera Sera, Varma and his agents from manufacturing, selling, distributing, advertising or using the Sholay, Gabbar and Gabbar Singh trademarks or any other deceptively similar mark till further orders.

Varma began shooting his film, Ram Gopal Varma Ke Sholay, earlier this month but information about a deal between him and Ajit Sippy, producer GP Sippy’s son, for the rights of the remake of Sholay came out last year. However, Sascha Sippy, a grandson of G.P. Sippy’s and director, Sippy Films, said then, and now, that Ajit Sippy is not a part of the company and “did not have any rights to sell”.

Asked why they waited this long to serve the notice, Sippy said, “Notices had been sent to all the defendants the moment the injunction was granted, as directed by the court.” He added that he did not wish to take the matter to the press, but had been forced to react following reports in a film magazine.

The defendants named in the suit are P M Sanghvi, managing director, K Sera Sera, K Sera Sera, Ram Gopal Varma, Madhu Varma, Ram Gopal Varma Productions, Varma Corporation and Ajit Sippy.

When asked about the notice, Varma said, “I have heard about it but it's not that I'm making the same Sholay. I have given a contemporary look and my film is set entirely in Mumbai, an urban area.” He declined comment on the notice, which is returnable on November 20.

First Published: Oct 20, 2006 18:59 IST