There was a time when Ram Gopal Varma was known for the kind of films he made in the past. Today, he is known for the controversies he creates on social networking sites. But this time, the filmmaker who is time and again in news, is currently making headlines on violating the exclusive copyright vested with director Ramesh Sippy.
Reportedly, the Delhi High Court has imposed Rs.10 lakh fine on Ram Gopal Varma and his production house, for “intentionally and deliberately” making a remake of 1975 blockbuster film ‘Sholay’. The director has been charged for violating the exclusive copyright vested with the film’s director Ramesh Sippy.
The judgment came on a case filed by Sascha Sippy, who is son and grandson of original ‘Sholay’s producers Vijay Sippy and G. P. Sippy, respectively. He alleged in the lawsuit filed that ‘Ram Gopal Varma ke ‘Sholay’ violated the exclusive copyright held by the Sholay Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
The Court has slapped the director with a fine of Rs.10 lakh as “punitive damages” on Varma, his production house M/S RGV Productions Pvt. Ltd. as well as Varma Corporation Ltd. He has also been warned from using any character like Gabbar or Gabbar Singh from the original film.
The court order says, “The use of similar plot and characters in the impugned film coupled with use of the underlying music, lyrics and background score and even dialogues from the original film ‘Sholay’ amounts to infringement of copyright in the film ‘Sholay’.”
‘Sholay’ was directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by his father G. P. Sippy, with legendary cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bachchan and Amjad Khan.
Well, any attempt to remake the original ‘Sholay’ is like entering a danger zone, and it seems RGV has already attempted to do it. We would suggest him that chances of losing are higher!