Hindi film producer Vashu Bhagnani on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the release Fanney Khan, which stars Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao.
The case was mentioned by Bhagnani’s lawyer before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khawhilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud, which posted it for hearing on August 1.
Bhagnani alleged that the film’s distribution rights for India was given to his company Pooja Entertainment & Films Ltd.
Pooja Films said that it owns the exclusive rights to distribute, exhibit and exploit the commercial and non-commercial theatrical rights for the film Fanney Khan throughout India and entered into a memorandum of understanding with co-producer Kriarj Entertainment in December 2017.
Pooja Films also claimed that sole distribution rights for the film were sold to it and it has deposited Rs85 million (Dh4.5 million), out of an agreed Rs100 million payment, and as per the agreement, the remaining money needed to be paid only a week before the film’s release.
However, in connivance with others, the rights were parted with its entire co-production and distribution rights, it further said.
Two petitions already been were pending before the Delhi and Bombay High Courts.
The petitioner sought direction for transfer of the cases pending in the Bombay High Court to the Delhi High Court or to the Supreme Court and stay the release of the film.
Fanney Khan was scheduled to release this weekend.