Khandaani Shafakhana: Delhi HC orders T-Series to screen film to sexologist who claims it defames him

Press Trust of India

Jul 24, 2019 19:40:26 IST

The Delhi High Court on 23 July (Tuesday) asked Super Cassettes Pvt Ltd, which does business under the T-Series label, to hold a special screening of its movie Khandaani Shafakhana for a Delhi based sexologist who has alleged that the film defames him and his profession.

Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked Super Cassettes to show the film to the sexologist on July 26 so that his apprehensions regarding damage to his reputation can be addressed and listed the matter for hearing on 29 July.

 Khandaani Shafakhana: Delhi HC orders T-Series to screen film to sexologist who claims it defames him

Sonakshi Sinha in a still from Khandaani Shafakhana. Image from Twitter

The movie, starring Sonakshi Sinha in the lead, is slated to be released on 2 August.

While issuing the direction, the court said that after viewing the material on record, including the film's trailer, it was of the prima facie view no damage has been caused to the reputation of the sexologist -- Vijay Abbot.

The court was also of the prima facie view that there has been no infringement of any trademark as claimed by Abbot.

It noted that the registration of the trademark -- Khandaani Shafakhana -- had lapsed in 2010 and it was not in being since 2001. Super Cassettes was initially hesitant to hold the private screening for Abbot, saying it could open the gates to litigants demanding the same in all future cases and said it was willing to show the film to Justice Endlaw alone.

However, as the court was not in favour of the suggestion, the company agreed to hold a screening of the movie on 26 July.

Updated Date: Jul 24, 2019 19:40:26 IST