‘Sarkar 3’ is in legal trouble over copyright infringement

Ram Gopal Varma‘s ‘Sarkar 3‘ starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role is in legal trouble. Narendra Hirawat & Co has registered a case against the makers of ‘Sarkar 3’ for copyright infringement. However, the makers have denied the claims. Narendra Hirawat & Co, holder of copyright of around 1300 movies has obtained the rights of the ‘Sarkar’ franchise post the release of part two and is also in possession of the sequel, remake and all the other world negative rights. (Also Read: ‘Sarkar 3’: Time to experience the divine power with Ganpati Aarti sung by Amitabh Bachchan)

Shreyans Hirawat, Executive Head of Narendra Hirawat & Co, said in a statement, “We are extremely disappointed with this move from the producers of ‘Sarkar 3’. As a cautionary step, we even issued a notice to the makers in October 2016, but they have still failed to obtain permission from us for the release of the movie. We bought all the legal rights of ‘Sarkar’ franchise years ago and are left with no other option than to approach the high court. We bought all the legal rights of ‘Sarkar’ franchise years ago and are left with no other option than to approach the high court. Looking at the current situation, we are hopeful that the court will grant an injunction and subsequently stop the release of ‘Sarkar 3’.”

The spokesperson of the production house Alumbra Entertainment & Media Pvt Ltd has released a statement saying, “The press release issued by Narendra Hirawat & Co is not only distasteful, represents false facts but also against the law. The matter is currently sub judice before the Bombay High Court. The press release falsely states that Narendra Hirawat & Co owns the prequel and sequel rights to movie ‘Sarkar’ along with remake rights. Narendra Hirawat’s own case before the Bombay High Court is that they are the assignees of only the remake rights of ‘Sarkar’ and nothing else. However, this position is absolutely wrong. As is widely known, the story in all three movies has been progressing and thus, movie ‘Sarkar 3’ is a sequel to the film ‘Sarkar Raj’ and not a remake of ‘Sarkar’. The spokesperson further added, “no ad-interim relief can be granted. Since, the matter is now sub-judice, no further comments can be made in this regard.”

Let’s see what director Ram Gopal Varma has to say to this. ‘Sarkar 3’ stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ronit Roy, Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Sadh and Yami Gautam and will be releasing on May 12, 2017.