December 2, 2023
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The Supreme Court has refused to order the streaming of Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Jhund’

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block the streaming of the Hindi film ‘Jhund,’ starring Amitabh Bachchan, on an Over the Top (OTT) platform.

A bench led by Justice L Nageswara Rao said the top court’s May 5, 2022, order would stand and ordered the high court to consider the revision petition filed by Hyderabad-based filmmaker Nandi Chinni Kumar, who claimed copyright infringement, after the summer vacation.

“In the trial court, the parties reached an agreement regarding the rights to the film Jhund. The decree was challenged by respondent no. 1 (Nandi), who claimed that he had been duped. He also filed a writ petition, which was dismissed by the High Court. The application to recall the compromise decree was also denied by the trial court… The high court ordered status quo in response to the respondent’s revision, and this court stayed the high court’s order on May 5, 2022.

“Respondent no. 1 (Nandi), who appeared in person, argued that the high court’s interim order of status quo should be maintained, and that, in the alternative, the release of satellite rights should be stayed, or he would suffer irreparable harm. After reviewing the facts of the case, we believe that the May 5 order should be continued pending the outcome of the revision petition. The high court is ordered to hear the respondent’s revision petition as soon as possible after the summer recess “Justices BR Gavai and AS Bopanna were also on the bench.

The top court had previously cleared the way for the film’s May 5 release by staying a Telangana High Court order prohibiting its screening on the OTT platform.

The top court was hearing T-series’ appeal of the high court’s order to keep the movie from being released on OTT platforms. The film, which was previously released in theatres on March 4, is set to be released on the OTT platform, and the high court’s status quo order stands in the way. The biographical sports film ‘Jhund’ is based on the life of Vijay Barse, the founder of the non-profit organisation ‘Slum Soccer.’

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