Fanney Khan: Vashu Bhagnani moves Supreme Court to stall film's release owing to distribution row

Bhagnani claims that despite sole distribution rights of Fanney Khan been given to his production house, it was later parted with in connivance with others

Indo-Asian News Service July 31, 2018 09:45:13 IST
Fanney Khan: Vashu Bhagnani moves Supreme Court to stall film's release owing to distribution row

New Delhi: Hindi film producer Vashu Bhagnani on 30 July moved the Supreme Court against the release of Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Fanney Khan.

The case was mentioned by Bhagnani's lawyer before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khawhilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, which posted it for hearing on 1 August.

Fanney Khan Vashu Bhagnani moves Supreme Court to stall films release owing to distribution row

Fanney Khan starring Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkumar Rao is slated to release on 3 August.

Bhagnani alleged that the film's distribution rights for India was given to his company Pooja Entertainment & Films Ltd.

The film, also starring Rajkummar Rao, slated to release in 3 August.

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 a 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.

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