Bar on milk­ing the Nagesh name, fame

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE @ Chen­nai

THE Madras High Court has di­rected the pro­ducer and di­rec­tor of Tamil fea­ture film ‘Nagesh Thi­ra­iarangam’ not to use the name ‘Nagesh’ in­de­pen­dently or ex­ploit the pop­u­lar­ity of the fa­mous ac­tor C K Nagesh for pro­mot­ing their film.

Orig­i­nally, while pass­ing in­terim or­ders on an ap­pli­ca­tion aris­ing out of a civil suit from N Anand Babu (48), son of the leg­endary yesteryear co­me­dian Nagesh on June 29, Jus­tice V Parthiban had re­strained Transin­dia Me­dia & En­ter­tain­ment Pri­vate Lim­ited, pro­ducer, and Isaq alias Mo­hamed Is­sac of Velach­ery, di­rec­tor, from us­ing the name ‘Nagesh Thi­ra­iarangam’ for any of their films or works. The film was sched­uled to be re­leased on July 15. Ag­grieved, the duo filed ap­pli­ca­tions to va­cate the stay.

Va­cat­ing the stay on Oc­to­ber 9, Jus­tice C V Karthikeyan said the duo can use the words ‘Nagesh Thi­ra­iarangam’, but can­not re­fer to ‘Nagesh The­atre’ at T Na­gar here. Teasers/ad­ver­tise­ments pro­duced by them al­legedly us­ing the name of the ac­tor Nagesh or Nagesh The­atre should be with­drawn im­me­di­ately. Ad­ver­tise­ments for the movie should not be based on the pop­u­lar­ity of ac­tor Nagesh or Nagesh The­atre, the judge said.

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