Observing that prima facie there had been a copyright violation, the Bombay High Court today directed Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to deposit Rs one crore with the court before releasing his ambitious Diwali offering ‘Ra.One’.
"The defendants (Shah Rukh, his production house Red Chillies Entertainment and Eros Entertainment) are directed to deposit a sum of Rs one crore as pay-order to the court and then release the movie," the division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi said.
The court was hearing the petition filed by television producer and writer Yash Patnaik, who contends that he is the original copyright owner of the concept and the content of ‘Ra.One’, produced by Red Chillies Entertainment.
The court added that if the defendants failed to deposit the money tomorrow, an injunction against the movie’s release would become operational.
"It is the most unfortunate part of the film industry that people use others’ concepts and then don’t want to pay or give them credit," the bench remarked.
The court has kept the final decision on the issue of copyright violation pending, and would hear arguments in due course of time. RA.One, starring Shah Rukh, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, is slated to release on October 26.(PTI)