Pooja Gandhi moves HC over stay on 'Abhinetri'

Actor Pooja Gandhi has approached the High Court, seeking directions to release her latest Kannada film ‘Abhinetri’.

The 10th City Civil Court has stayed the screening of the film, produced by Mungaru Male fame actor, after Bhagya Krishnamurthy, a writer, filed a suit stating that the movie is based on her novel and she has not been given due credit in the movie. Bhagya had contended in the lower court that the movie is based on her novel “Abhinetriya Antaranga,” published in a Kannada weekly in 2003 as a serial.

She had said that she has not been given any credit for the film story and that her novel has been used without her consent. The lower court had issued orders to stay the screening of the film till further hearing and to take possession of the script and the film print. 

‘Abhinetri,’ is directed by Satish Pradhan and was expected to hit theaters this month.  It is said that the movie is based on the real-life story of yesteryear actress Kalpana.

Status quo

The HC has on Wednesday directed the State to maintain status quo on the issue pertaining to the property dispute of NTM government school in Mysore.

The Ramakrishna Mission had filed a petition, seeking directions so that it can take possession of the property of New Type Model (NTM) government school to develop a memorial for Swami Vivekananda. Justice A S Bopanna directed the government to file its statement in the next hearing on June 18 and ordered status quo with regard to the property.

Ramakrishna Mission was allotted 1.25 acres of land of NTM school and the adjacent Niranjan Mutt land in 2013 through a Cabinet decision. The Mission claims that Vivekananda had stayed at the Mutt. To mark his 150th birth anniversary, the entire property, including NTM school, should be turned into a memorial, it said.

Many activists in Mysore objected to the closure of the century-old school started by the Maharaja of Mysore. Currently, there were about 30 students studying in this Kannada-medium school.  

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