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Filmmaker to take ‘Jhund’ to court for copyright violation

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Hyderabad, Nov 17: Hyderabad-based filmmaker Nandi Chinni Kumar has sent legal notices to makers of upcoming Hindi movie ‘Jhund’ and actor Amitabh Bachchan, who is playing the lead role in the film, for copyright infringement.

Kumar, an independent filmmaker, sent the notices to ‘Jhund’ director and producer, Nagraj Manjule, producer Krishan Kumar, T-Series Chairman and Managing Director Bhushan Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Slum Soccer founder Vijay Barse, on whose life the film is said to be based on.

The filmmaker told IANS that he got the reply to the notice only from T-Series but it is ‘very vague’. Alleging that he was cheated and criminally intimidated by makers of the film, Kumar plans to move the court to stop screening of the movie in theatres, television and all digital platforms.

The short filmmaker claims that he bought exclusive rights in 2017 to make a movie on the life of Akhilesh Paul, a slum soccer player who was the Indian captain at the Homeless World Cup.

Kumar had planned to write and direct the multilingual movie tentatively titled ‘Slum Soccer’ on the life of Akhilesh, who was born in slums of Nagpur and was addicted to drugs. However, his passion for football changed his life and he went on to lead India in Homeless World Cup.

The filmmaker claims to have registered the story and script with Telangana Cinema Writers Association on June 11, 2018.

“Though Nagaraj Manjule, director of Marathi blockbuster ‘Sairat’, bought rights to make a movie on the life of Vijay Barse, who is the coach of Akhilesh Paul, his film Jhund’ also showcases Akhilesh’s story in a major role, thus allegedly violating the copyrights.

According to him, Nagraj Manjule claimed to have bought rights from Akhilesh Paul for Rs 4 lakh but was reluctant to show the documents. “Even Akhilesh denied selling him the rights. Nagraj humiliated me and forced to come for settlement without showing papers,” Kumar said.

The Hyderabad-based filmmaker also alleged that Savita Raj, one of the producers of ‘Jhund’, threatened his producer in September 2019 claiming Akhilesh Paul’s copyrights are with them.

Kumar said he has sent an email to Amitabh Bachchan and to Nagaraj and ‘Jhund’ producers exposing copyright infringement and criminal intimidation but there was no reply.

He has also written to India Movie Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) and Telangana Cinema Writers Association and urged the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) not to issue censor certificate to the movie Jhund.

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Subramanian Swamy wants to know if Sushant was ‘driven to’ suicide

Sushant passed away in Mumbai on June 14. His postmortem report describes the death as “suicide”.

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Mumbai, July 10 : Former Cabinet Minister Subramanian Swamy has shown interest in the investigation into late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput”s death.

Swamy has appointed an advocate to conduct an investigation into the late actor”s suicide case to find out if the case is fit for a CBI inquiry.

“I have asked Ishkaran to look into facts of Sushant Singh Rajput death case and see whether it”s a fit Case for CBI investigation. Then accordingly to see justice is done. For Updates follow @ishkarnBHANDARI,” Swamy had tweeted on Thursday tagging activist-advocate Ishkaran Singh Bhandari.

“Presently in the Sushant Rajput case, Ishkaran is looking to see if Sections 306 and/or 308 of India Penal Code read with Article 21 of the Constitution is applicable. That is, whether accepting the Police version of it being a suicide, was the Actor driven to it?,” Swamy tweeted on Friday..

Swamy being vocal about Sushant Singh Rajput”s death comes at a time when netizens have been consistently demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the actor”s death. Hashtags like #cbiforsushant and #cbiforsonofbihar have been going viral on Twitter for quite some time now.

Sushant passed away in Mumbai on June 14. His postmortem report describes the death as “suicide”.

Meanwhile, actress and BJP MP Roopa Ganguly, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari and actor Shekhar Suman have demanded a CBI probe into the actor”s death, which is currently being investigated by Mumbai Police.

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Rohit Shetty trends after netizens learn Vikas Dubey’s car overturned

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Mumbai, July 10 (IANS) Filmmaker Rohit Shetty has been trending on Twitter since Friday morning but for all the wrong reasons.

Rohit Shetty”s name started to trend after netizens learnt that the car carrying Kanpur-based gangster Vikas Dubey had overturned after skidding on the road due to heavy rain on Friday morning and he was allegedly killed in a police encounter as he tried to escape.

Rohit Shetty is one Bollywood director who is known for his fascination with flying cars. Not just this, cars blasting or overturning are a common stunt in his genre of cinema. Films like the “Golmaal” franchise, “Singham”, “Chennai Express”, “Dilwale” and “Simmba” bear testimony to this.

Hence, soon after netizens learnt about Vikas Dubey”s car getting overturned due to rain, they could easily relate it with a Rohit Shetty script!

As a result, throughout Friday, Rohit Shetty”s name trended on Twitter as memes and jokes targeted at the filmmaker went viral.

“When Rohit Shetty heard ”fake encounter” aur gaadi palat gayi (and the car overturned) #FakeEncounter,” tweeted a user along with a photo of the filmmaker.

“Rohit Shetty just CopyRight Claim to #UPPolice -for stealing his movie script,” joked another user.

“Rohit Shetty is happy that he won”t have to pay for the script of his new movie. Time and money saved,” announced another user.

A section of netizens felt that the death of the gangster would be an ideal script for an imaginary film titled “Singham 3” which they want Rohit Shetty to direct.

Similar jokes and sarcastic comments flooded Twitter as Rohit Shetty”s name continued to trend.

On the work front, Rohit Shetty”s next is the action flick “Sooryavanshi” which stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in the lead.

–IANS

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Bollywood actor Jagdeep passes away

He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in the iconic movie Sholay.

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Mumbai, July 8 : Veteran Bollywood comedian Jagdeep is no more. He passed away here on Wednesday owing to age-related health problems at the age of 81.

The late actor’s sons Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri have also made their mark in the entertainment industry. Jaaved is a noted actor and dancer, and along with Naved, he hosted the longrunning and popular dance show, “Boogie Woogie”. The show was created and directed by Naved.

Born on March 29, 1939 as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in over 400 films. He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in Ramesh Sippy’s blockbuster “Sholay” (1975). New-generation Bollywood buffs would recall him as Salman Khan”s father in Rajkumar Santoshi”s “Andaaz Apna Apna” (1994).

Jagdeep started his career as a child artiste in BR Chopra”s 1951 release, “Afsana”, starring Ashok Kumar, Veena and Pran. As a child artiste he also worked in the Raj Kapoor-produced “Ab Dilli Door Nahin”, KA Abbas”s “Munna”, Guru Dutt”s “Aar Paar”, Bimal Roy”s “Do Bigha Zamin” and the AVM-produced “Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke”.

Later, he would make a mark with roles in films such as “Bhabhi” (1957) and “Barkha” (1959).

Jagdeep’s golden patch would begin with GP Sippy’s 1968 film “Brahmachari”, starring Shammi Kapoor. His comic role in the film was widely appreciated. Through the seventies, eighties and the nineties, he became a familiar face in Hindi films, essaying the goofy funnyman in film after film.

His last-released film is “Masti Nahi Sasti” in 2017. The Ali Abbas Chaudhary-directed comedy also featured Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Johnny Lever and Prem Chopra.

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