WHY SO MANY LAST MINUTE LAW­SUITS?

Bol­ly­wood asks why so many peo­ple raise their ob­jec­tions just be­fore a film’s re­lease

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

It’s hap­pen­ing more and more of­ten now with Bol­ly­wood films — just be­fore a film’s re­lease, there’s a law­suit, be­cause some­one has a prob­lem with some­thing in the film.

Di­rec­tor Di­nesh Vi­jan’s film Raabta was ac­cused of pla­gia­rism by the mak­ers of the Tel­ugu film Ma­gad­heera a few weeks be­fore its June 9 re­lease. Other re­cent films that got caught in a le­gal tan­gle just days be­fore their re­lease are Be­hen Hogi Teri (po­lice com­plaint filed over the lead char­ac­ter’s Lord Shiva get-up); Guest Iin Lon­don (sued for al­legedly be­ing an unau­tho­rised se­quel); and Jolly LLB 2 (ac­cused of mock­ing lawyers).

Vi­jan says, “These things don’t need to go to court. I had of­fered a screen­ing of Raabta for the mak­ers of Ma­gad­heera, but they didn’t see it. [The pla­gia­rism is­sue] could’ve been dealt with a month ear­lier. A law­suit does cre­ate panic and it’d be very silly if I say that it doesn’t bother me.”

Jolly LLB 2, star­ring Ak­shay Ku­mar, was ac­cused of mock­ing the In­dian ju­di­cial sys­tem and a le­gal no­tice was sent to the pro­duc­ers just a few days be­fore the re­lease. In an ear­lier in­ter­view, Ak­shay said, “I won­der how each time a film is made, some le­gal con­tro­versy crops up just five days be­fore its re­lease. How come no one thinks of fil­ing a case a few months be­fore?”

Ra­jkum­mar Rao, the lead ac­tor of Be­hen Hogi Teri, ap­peals to ev­ery­one to “watch the whole film, see it in the right con­text and then de­cide”.

The last-minute law­suits are a ploy to cash in on the panic of film­mak­ers, says di­rec­tor Mad­hur Bhan­darkar. “Some peo­ple turn up at the last mo­ment to try their luck” and maybe wran­gle some money out of the film team, he says, adding that this is most likely to hap­pen with a film that has a buzz around it.

Trade an­a­lyst Atul Mo­han de­scribes these last-minute law­suits as “men­tal trauma”, though, he says, they may also perk up au­di­ence cu­rios­ity.

These things don’t need to go to court. A law­suit does cre­ate panic and it’d be very silly if I say that it doesn’t bother me DI­NESH VI­JAN, FILM­MAKER

Movie stills from Jolly LLB 2 (left) and Raabta

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