Aanand Mahendroo gets stay order on Kazmi’s Dekh Bhai Dekh

MUMBAI: Aanand Mahendroo, co-producer of the television serial Dekh Bhai Dekh had filed a suit in the Delhi High Court to protect the title of the serial when he found out that another production house was planning to use the title for their film.
Mahendroo, who had planned to begin shooting the film version of the serial, got to know about Rahat Kazmi’s black comedy thriller Dekh Bhai Dekh, which stars Gracy Singh, Manisha Koirala’s brother Siddharth, Vijay Raaz and Raghuveer Yadav.
This film was slated to release on 10 July, 2009. The court heard the matter yesterday and has recorded the statement of the defendants that they will not release the film till further notice. The success of the TV serial is well documented in the television industry. The said serial had dominated the TRP charts week after week since 1993 and thereafter when it was telecasted on Doordarshan, Sony and SAB over the years.
Mahendroo filed a suit in the Delhi High Court on 7 July 2009 and was listed before Justice Manmohan Singh. The counsels for the plaintiffs Mukul Rohatgi and Prathiba M Singh argued before the Court that the defendants were well aware of the reputation of the plaintiff’s title and have therefore made an attempt to capitalize on the said goodwill.
The priority of use is in favour of the plaintiffs in view of the launch of the television serial since 1993. As was reported by Businessofcinema.com, Mahendroo was planning a film based on the serial under his banner Sootradhaar Telefilms starring Shekhar Suman and Adhyayan Suman. The lead actress of the movie will be decided upon via a reality show hunt.

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