Sanjay Dutt’s Birthday Plans Sabotaged By Legal Notice

It looks like  Sanjay Dutt’s  60th  birthday plans for July 29  of  unveiling the  first look of his proposed remake  of  the 2010 Telugu poltical drama , the   blockbuster Prasthanam, has gone  for a toss.

A  leading production-distribution company Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd,has  issued a legal notice to Sanjay Dutt and his associates  questioning their right to  remake  Prasthanam  into Hindi.

 Ketan Maru  , Shemaroo’s  Senior Vice-President  for  film production,  spoke to me confirming  the  developments, “Yes, we  have  sent a   legal notice  to  Mr Dutt and  others associated with the remake  of  the  2010 Telugu  film Prasthanam.  That’s because we at Shemaroo  have the remake rights  of  the  film.”

Maru points  out that the intention  behind drawing  attention to the  illegal remake is  not  mercenary.  “We  are not proceeding legally against  this illegal  remake  to create trouble  for them. Shemaroo is a reputed company .We’ve a distinguished  and spotless track record. We  only want to see  justice being done in this matter.And  as far as we can see, anyone else except us  remaking Prasthanam is illegal.”

Maru  says the matter was  brought up with Dutt long before.  “We  acquired the  rights of Prasthanam in 2012. When we  read  the announcement  of Mr Dutt’s remake we immediately drew attention to the fact  that the remake  rights  of Prasthanam were  with us.  However they paid no attention and  proceeded  to remake  the film.”

 Maru doesn’t want to  put the  blame  entirely on  Dutt.  “Producers are known  to sell remake  rights of one  film  to  2 sometimes 3  producers. It is possible that they(Dutt and co) paid a substantial amount  of money to  buy the Prasthanam rights  without knowing the rights were sold to us. However  they   proceeded to make the film  fully  aware that  the  rights were with us. This cannot be overlooked.”

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