New Delhi, Aug 1: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the release of upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Fanney Khan’, starring Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead.
A bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Indu Malhotra dismissed the plea filed by producer Vashu Bhagnani against over the movie’s distribution rights.
The film, will, therefore, hit the big screens on its scheduled release date, i.e. August 3.
Bhagnani had alleged that the film’s distribution rights for India were given to his company Pooja Entertainment & Films Ltd.
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 a 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 an 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 other petitions in connection to it have already been pending before the Delhi and Bombay High Courts.
The petitioner had sought direction for transfer of those cases from Bombay, either to Delhi High Court or to the Supreme Court and stay the release of the film, which the apex court denied.
‘Fanney Khan’ will see Anil Kapoor playing the role of an orchestra singer, who worships Mohammad Rafi and Shammi Kapoor as his Gods and sings their songs.
The film is one of its kind musical comedy, revolving around a father who wishes to fulfill his daughter’s dream of becoming a singer.
The film marks the reunion of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anil Kapoor after a gap of 18 long years. The duo was last seen together in the 2000 film ‘Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai’.
Directed by Atul Manjrekar and co-produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film also stars Rajkummar Rao.