MUMBAI: Actress and producer Pooja Bhatt has lost the battle for the title Thank You against UTV Motion Pictures. Bhatt’s plea against UTV was denied today in the Bombay High Court.
Bhatt said on the popular social networking site Twitter, "The defeat of truth is stronger than the victory of deceit… Injunction on Thank You denied because of delay NOT merit. The argument given by the defense was ‘whoever hits the market first earns the right to a title’. Welcome to a state of official anarchy!"
Bhatt further added, "The defense established their authority over the title by first demolishing the very existence of all the associations legally. Which means they established that no association has a legal mandate to authorize or deny a title! Now the real battle begins.. If all our associations are mere figureheads they must shut shop as it means there is total anarchy.”
DSK Legal led by its managing partner, Anand Desai, advised and represented UTV.
Bhatt had filed a case against UTV saying that she had registered the title with Association of Motion Picture and TV Programming Producers (AMPTPP).
On the other hand, UTV had registered the title with Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPAA) in 2008. An official statement from UTV stated, "When the dispute arose, it was firmly settled by the Film Maker’s Combine, confirming that the title is with UTV. All required registration documents and correspondence with FMC and IMPPA supplement UTV’s ownership in the title."
Thank You, a romantic comedy, directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by UTV Motion Pictures is slated to release on 8 April. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Irrfan Khan, Suniel Shetty, Sonam Kapoor, Celina Jaitley and Rimi Sen.