The Tiger Shroff-Shraddha Kapoor-starrer action thriller, Baaghi, has courted controversy ahead of its release.
At the launch of the trailer, director Sabbir Khan had emphasised that Baaghi was an original script. However, American production house, XYZ Productions LLC and Indonesian film company, PT Merantau - which own the international action franchise - The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2 - have filed an injunction against the makers of Baaghi for infringement of copyrights.
Business and legal consultant, Dina Dattani, who represents XYZ and PT Merantau, said, "Yes, we served a legal notice to Nadiadwala & Sons and UTV Disney asking to be allowed to read the script and see their film. They refused so we applied to the Bombay High Court for interim relief".
"The producers of Baaghi have been asked to hand over a copy of their script to the High Court judge and we have asked for a stay on the release," said Dina. The high court has asked Sajid Nadiadwala, producer of the film, to file a defence by 18 April.
Along with the two international producers, Indian production house, Sikhya Entertainment, who hold the official remake rights of the Raid Redemption franchise have also slapped a legal notice on the makers of Baaghi. "We have filed an injunction and I would not like to pre-empt. We will know when the next hearing takes place," said Guneet Monga from Sikhya Entertainment.
However, Sajid Nadiadwala's spokesperson believes it is unfortunate that producers of Hindi films face such kind of harassment ahead of the release of a film. The producers' statement reads: "Yes, we have received the notice and our lawyers are in the process of drawing up our defence for the court hearing. Producers of the Hindi film industry have been facing this kind of harassment for some time now and it is really unfortunate how these cases come up before the release of the film. Invariably, anyone who knows or doesn't know the content, moves the court and it adds to unnecessary stress for the producers."
Baaghi is slated to release on 29 April.
-- With Mumbai Mirror Inputs