Fanney Khan Controversy: No one will interfere with Tseries' rights, says court

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The Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu which was recently cleared by the Delhi High Court for completion by Tseries has received yet another claim, this time by noted film producer Vashu Bhagnani who claims that Prerna Arora's KriArj Entertainment had given some share of rights in this film as well Fanney Khan, both of which were being co-produced with Tseries and Kriarj is now not honoring its commitment.

The shooting of both these films was going on until recently when Kriarj had to withdraw from the film owing to financial constraints and the co-producers T-Series had to save the ship by taking over the film projects to complete the pending work by itself. After taking over the reigns, Tseries, reportedly roped in production companies such as Krti Pictures and Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra Productions to co-produce these films.

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It is learnt that Vashu Bhagnani and his company Pooja Films and Entertainment have recently sent a legal notice to Tseries and Kriarj claiming to have co-producer rights in both these films and is also planning to initiate legal action in this regard.

Clearing the air on the same, T-Series has mentioned that they were granted the rights for these films under a co-production agreement with KriArj long before KriArj got into any agreement with Vashu Bhagnani and therefore has dismissed the claims made by Vashu Bhagnani. T-Series also claims to have no knowledge of such a deal and has categorically disputed its validity. T-Series maintains its claims of having valid and superior rights in these films and look prepared to take these claims on in the courts.

When contacted, Ankit Relan from the legal team of T-Series commented, "The number of people claiming parallel rights in these films is quite astonishing. We had filed a suit last month before the Delhi High Court against Kriarj and several of such third party claimants such as Gothic Entertainment, Ease My Trip and other such entities where, after considering all the materials on record, the Court had issued an order in T-Series' favour while agreeing that Kriarj did not have the right to grant any third party rights or create any lien over the film without taking the written consent of T-Series who was jointly producing the film Barti Gul Meter Chalu with Kriarj."

"T-Series had never given any written consent to any such agreements or the grant of liens by KriArj to third parties and accordingly its rights were upheld by the court which restrained all these parties from interfering in the exploitation of rights, including distribution rights therein by T-Series and held that only T-Series had the right to do so as per its co-production agreement with Kriarj. This Agreement, I want to clarify, was executed much prior to the Agreement under which Pooja films and Vashu ji are now claiming rights under. Given the protection already offered by the court against other similarly placed claimants, I don't see how Vashu ji's claims will hold up in court."

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