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HC imposes Rs.10 lakh fine on Ram Gopal Verma for remaking ‘Sholay’

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday imposed a fine of Rs.10 lakh on film maker Ram Gopal Varma and his production house for making the remake of 1975 blockbuster ‘Sholay’, which violated the exclusive copyright vested with its director Ramesh Sippy. Justice Manmohan Singh said that Varma and others by making “Ram Gopal Varma ke Sholay: have “intentionally and deliberately” brought the movie in violation of plaintiffs’ exclusive moral rights of copyright. The court’s order came on a lawsuit filed by Sascha Sippy, son and grandson of original Sholay’s producers Vijay Sippy and G.P. Sippy, alleging that remake was violative of exclusive copyright held by the Sholay Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

The court slapped a fine of Rs.10 lakh as “punitive damages” on Varma, his production house M/S RGV Productions Pvt Ltd as well as Varma Corporation Ltd and Madhu Varma and restrained them from using any character like “Gabbar or Gabbar Singh” in the original film. “The publicity material coupled with the impugned film, gives an overall impression that it is a remake of the film ‘Sholay’,” the order said. “The use of similar plot and characters in the impugned film coupled with use of the underlying music, lyrics and background score and even dialogues from the original film ‘Sholay’ amounts to infringement of copyright in the film ‘Sholay’. “The 1975 blockbuster featured Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan and Amjad Khan among others

(IANS)

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Delhi HC Dismisses Plea Seeking Direction to Media to Use Word ‘Martyr’

Abhishek Chaudhary urged the court to direct the media to use the word "martyr" as "brave soldiers are never killed."

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking direction to the media to use the word “martyr” in place of killed and died for soldiers.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao also slammed the petitioner and advocate Abhishek Choudhury for filing the frivolous application on the same ground which was already disposed off by another bench in October 2016.

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The plea was filed after 40 CRPF troopers were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. newsx.com

Choudhury has filed the plea seeking direction to the press and electronic media to use “respectful words on the martyrdom of soldiers”.

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He urged the court to direct the media to use the word “martyr” as “brave soldiers are never killed.”

The plea was filed after 40 CRPF troopers were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. (IANS)