Old wine in a new bottle

BATTLE ON:

Old wine in a new bottle

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, whose father and writer Javed Akhtar is embroiled in a legal battle with those remaking Zanjeer, says it is important to take the consent of those associated with the original and wishes that the deserving party gets the
royalty.

The remake of the Amitabh Bachchan-Jaya starrer has been in the eye of storm regarding copyright and royalty issues. Both Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, who scripted the original, have been fighting for the intellectual rights of the new version.

With the Apoorva Lakhia-directed remake underway, the veteran writers had moved the Bombay High Court in April, seeking a stay order on the release of the film. And now, the matter is pending in the Supreme Court.

“What I know is it is (the matter) in court. I feel whoever is right or deserves to be given the rights or royalties will get it,’’ Farhan said. “The matter is between him and Salim uncle and the producers of that film.

“I am no one to comment on the matter. I was not privy to what happened when they wrote the script and what is happening with the producers,” he added.

Earlier, the writer duo had complained to the ‘Film Writers Association’ demanding Rs six crore from the makers, arguing that the remake cannot be released without the original scriptwriters’ consent.

Considering that Farhan did direct the remake version of Amitabh’s Don with Shah Rukh Khan and even went on to make a sequel, he says, “I think it’s important to take consent of those associated with the project while making a remake. We did it.”

Telugu actor Ram Charan, son of Chiranjeevi, will step into Big B’s shoes, while Priyanka Chopra will reprise the role of Jaya Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt will play the iconic role of Sher Khan, originally played by noted actor Pran.

The remake version is produced by Amit Mehra, son of Prakash Mehra, the producer and director of the 1973 superhit film.

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