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K3G - Karan, Kajol, Kareena gang


Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Karan Johar team up after a gap of eight years

By Vickey Lalwani
Posted On Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 02:17:46 AM



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Karan Johar has done it again. After casting Kajol and Kareena Kapoor for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, way back in 2001, he’s got the two talented actresses again for his forthcoming venture. The film will be directed by debutante Siddharth Malhotra, who is production house Cinevistaa’s chairman Prem Kishen’s son and the grandson of the late Prem Nath. Siddharth was the creative producer of the hit TV serial Sanjivani and was responsible for conceptualising and shaping it.

Our source revealed, “Kajol and Kareena have been finalised for Karan Johar’s forthcoming film, which will start once the actors are free from their on-going films.”

The film, which is yet untitled is based on the Hollywood film, Stepmom (1998), starring Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts. The shooting of the film will begin as soon as Kajol wraps up the shoot of Karan’s My Name Is Khan, opposite Shah Rukh Khan.


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So how did the casting come about? “Karan, who is directing Kajol in My Name Is Khan is very happy with her work. The same holds true for Kareena, who is working opposite Saif Ali Khan in a project directed by Rensil D’Silva,” said the source.

When queried about Kareena’s presence in Karan’s film, Kareena’s secretary maintained a diplomatic stand and said, “Kareena would never say no to Karan.”


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About Stepmom...

Stepmom is about a divorced couple Jackie (Susan Sarandon) and Luke (Ed Harris) and their children Anna (Jena Malone and Ben (Liam Aiken). Isabel, a successful photographer is the new woman in Luke's life. Though she tries hard to please the kids, she also loves her work. Jackie, a full-time mother regards Isabelle's efforts as insufficient and cannot understand how her work can be as important as the kids. The film takes a turn when Jackie is diagnosed with cancer.



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Akshay Kumar called a "jackass" for being insensitive
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Akshay Kumar recently visited ailing cartoonist RK Laxman in the hospital to urge him to watch his forthcoming film, Khatta Meetha in which Kumar portrays Laxman's famous "common man". In response, while a journo called him a "jackass", Amitabh Bachchan came to his rescue. This is what a newspaper report said about the meeting: "He’s deprived of speech and movement, but put a pen in R K Laxman’s hand, hold a pad beneath that, and the cartoonist gets to work After his three strokes in Pune on June 17, the cartoonist was brought to Mumbai on June 20 by an air ambulance as an emergency case....R K Laxman didn’t know who Sachin Tichkule is. Nor did the eminent cartoonist of The Times of India recognise Akshay Kumar when the actor visited him at Breach Candy Hospital yesterday morning. Sadly, the three mini strokes he suffered in Pune last month have deprived Laxman of speech and much movement. It was left to wife Kamala to make the introductions."

To top it all this piece of news was carried with a picture of a beaming Kumar next to ailing Laxman.

Micro-blogging site Twitter is abuzz right now with posts about how film promotion was taken too far in this case.

Rajeev Masand tweeted, "Need innovative ideas 2 promote films in competitive times. But Akshay Kumar grinning like a jackass at RK Laxman's hospital bed is a new low"

Amitabh Bachchan, who took an offence on Akshay's behalf, tweeted: "Rajeev .! Your fraternity will never pull you up for calling Akshay a 'jackass'. Ever thought if the reverse were to be done."

We reached Rajeev Masand and he said: "I don't want to make this into a fight. I don't want to say anything. I've said what I wanted to say already on Twitter."



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Publicity stunts in Bollywood
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Bollywood actors and producers can go to any extent to publicise their films, regardless of the consequences. Some resort to deliberately causing controversies by having tiffs with (or paying off) certain political parties, while others support noble causes right before the film's release. Newest on the block is this picture of Akshay Kumar, grinning at the bed-ridden RK Laxman.

A day ago Akshay Kumar visited the legendary cartoonist RK Laxman at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. While the act itself seems harmless, it came at a time when Akki is promoting his new film 'Khatta Meetha' which is due for release soon. And just why has the marketing team behind the film decided to send Akshay to meet up with the hospitalised Laxman? Because Akki plays the 'common man' in the film. Albeit with Ray Ban sunglasses, designer shirts and Trisha to hang out with. Akshay went as far ahead as to claim that Laxman's 'aam aadmi' was the inspiration for his character, even though the film itself is a remake of a Malayalam flick named 'Vellanakalude Nadu'. And if that wasn't enough the photograph published in papers was in bad taste - the image consists of Akki grinning shabbily, shamelessly posing for the photographers, forcible holding poor Laxman's hand who struggled to remain awake. There was nothing benevolent or humane about Akshay's act - he'd never even bothered taking Laxman's blessings before the film's shoot. Is there any reason to meet him now, when the old man is on his death bed? Apart from garnering some unashamed publicity?

As was expected, Akshay's photograph amounted to an outrage on social networking site Twitter, where hundreds of folks, including journos ridiculed Akki's stunt. Rajeev Masand, a prominent film critic and journalist for IBN called Akshay a 'jackass' - the tweet provided the spark for a wildfire on the site, as a raging debate ensued between Bollywood celebrities, journalists and aam aadmis on the site. Amitabh Bachchan trashed Masand for his usage of the word 'jackass' and expressed disgust at journalists who frequently indulge in ridiculing Akshay and other Bollywood actors. "Dear All, I was just turning in for the day when I went to check my account on Twitter and came across a remark by Rajeev Masand, a journalist and prominent anchor for CNN/IBN and one who reviews films every week end. Rajeev Masand calls Akshay Kumar a 'jackass', and then they hound and criticize me for writing against the media on my blog?" he wrote.

"For long have I championed the cause of those incidents that have been the victims of media bias and insensitive reportage. The media will and has since and before, made every effort to ridicule my stand on some issues and incidents that I have regularly brought up in my blog. Many have blanked me out from their dailies, others are giving adamant and feeble responses to our lawyers notices. It has merely strengthened my assumption that the media is above board and cannot be touched. They are superior and above all ethics. They are also the keepers of our morals and the true purveyors of our Constitution and our Democracy!" he added.

But who's to blame here? The gold digging Bollywood actor or the harsh journalists? The way I see it, its a vicious circle, and this is how news spreads and Bollywood functions. The movie industry is dependent on journalists for film promotions and news channels need Bollywood for the latest garam masala. And its not just Akshay Kumar, seasoned actors like the Perfectionist Aamir Khan resort to cheap publicity stunts - the man recently announced a tribute to Asheem Chakravarty, the former band member of Indian Ocean who wrote one song for Aamir's upcoming film 'Peepli Live'. Asheem passed away last December, and Aamir was nowhere to be seen; he had nothing to do with 'Leaving Home', the documentary on the band either.

Interestingly, it all began in the 90s when Aamir Khan stirred up a controversy with the 'A' rating of his film 'Rangeela'. That film turned out to be a huge box office hit. And of course, we all know what really happened between the Shiv Sena and Shahrukh Khan before 'My Name is Khan' hit theaters.


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KAJOL GOT A SON
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The actress delivered her second child on Monday morning around 9.20 am at Mumbai's [ Images ] Lilavati Hospital. Sources close to the couple said the mother and the baby were doing fine. Nysa, the couple's elder child is seven years old.

Good wishes poured in from B-town for the star couple on the arrival of their second child. Director Madhur Bhandarkar [ Images ] who is directing Ajay in Dil To Baccha Hai Ji tweeted, "Congratulations Ajay & Kajol on the birth of your baby boy. Ganpati baapa moraya..."

Shah Rukh Khan [ Images ], Kajol's good friend and co-star in many hit movies, wrote, "Bringing life on earth is the most beautiful gift of God. Allah bless Ajay & Kajol with happiness & health...Son of a Devgn... Wow masha allah."

Priyanka Chopra [ Images ] too congratulated the couple., "It's amazing when a new life comes into the world. "Congrats Ajay and kajol on the birth of ur baby boy," she tweeted.

Riteish Deshmukh [ Images ] said, "Congratulations Ajay & Kajol -- a baby boy arrives."

The year has been professionally heartening for the Devgn couple. Kajol's film My Name is Khan earlier this year did well at the box office and her latest We are Family brought her accolades, while Ajay is basking in the success of his latest film Once upon a time in Mumbaai.

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ASHWARIYA IS PREGNANT ! smile1.gif

Congrats, Aishwarya


After four years of marriage, Jr Bachchans start their own family

She was gaining weight steadily for the past couple of months. Fashion critics were having a roll. While some even said that the sudden weight gain is due to her forthcoming film with Madhur Bhandarkar. However, at quarter past ten, last night, Amitabh Bachchan gave everyone the good news. He tweeted: T 410 -NEWS NEWS NEWS !! I AM GOING TO BECOME A GRANDFATHER .. AISHWARYA EXPECTING .. SO HAPPY AND THRILLED !!!

So, Abhi-Ash is all set to go the family way. The couple that has always spoken about their love and friendship to the media, even in face of controversies is soon going to be proud parents. And needless to say, the Big B is too excited for words.

When we messaged a congratulatory message to be the would-be grandpa, Sr Bachchan messaged back, "I am extremely thrilled and happy."

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Revealed: Dadamoni's paintings for the first time
Last updated on: September 19, 2011 18:56 IST
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Next month will mark the birth centenary of Indian cinema's earliest superstar, Ashok Kumar. As avid fans across the country brace up to celebrate his 100th birth anniversary, newer dimensions of his talent are being discovered.

One such lesser known secret of the late Dadamoni's private life was that he was a prolific pain
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Revealed: Dadamoni's paintings for the first time
Last updated on: September 19, 2011 18:56 IST
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Next month will mark the birth centenary of Indian cinema's earliest superstar, Ashok Kumar. As avid fans across the country brace up to celebrate his 100th birth anniversary, newer dimensions of his talent are being discovered.

One such lesser known secret of the late Dadamoni's private life was that he was a prolific painter excelling in mediums ranging from oil to charcoal and watercolour. What's startling is that the legendary actor had a bizarre penchant for nude paintings which he executed in the confines of his bathroom. He wouldn't have any clothes on when he painted nude figures. He usually kept the morning time for himself, in which he would paint and read and nobody was allowed to disturb him, says Dadamoni's daughter Bharti Jaffrey, who now runs the Ashok Kumar Foundation.

The foundation is organising an art exhibition of his works, among other events, to celebrate his birth centenary on October 13. Since Dadamoni gifted most of his 300-odd paintings in his lifetime, very few surviving works are available today, a handful of which are in possession of his family and friends.

For the first time, his family has allowed access to his works. Here's an exclusive first look at the immortal actor's various nudes, self-portraits and pastoral scenes.

Self-portrait playing violin

"Papa took his art seriously and used to practice almost every day," says Jaffrey. It was actor Iftekhar who introduced Dadamoni to painting.

"Our maternal grandfather, a zamindar in Bhagalpur (Bihar) was a patron of the art. As a five-year-old, my father used to attend soirees in which artists, musicians and writers would mingle. I think he must have imbibed art then," she adds.

"It's interesting that Dadamoni would choose to paint a self-portrait playing a musical instrument because he was an accomplished singer who rendered the famous track Rail Gaadi in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Aashirwad. This was painted at our house in Kala Ghoda (South Mumbai, where Ashok Kumar used to stay before he moved to Chembur). In the background, you can see the old Bombay skyline, with Rajabai Clock Tower and the University of Mumbai," says Jaffrey.


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Sholay to re-release in 3D in 2012
By Screen Weekly, November 10, 2011 - 11:48 IST


Imagine Gabbar Singh from Sholay cutting Thakur's hands saying, "Yeh haath mujhe de de Thakur" and the sword jabbing near your eyes. Maya Digital Studios, producer-director Ketan Mehta's high-tech effects studio, is now slated to bring the acclaimed movie directed by Ramesh Sippy to theatres in 3D format early next year.

Frank Foster, Senior Director and Chief Operating Officer, Maya Digital Studios, is helming the project and has been in India for over a year overseeing the movie's conversion. "The democratisation of visual effects means that India has become the go-to destination for all kinds of post-production work," he said. Foster, who founded and worked with Sony Pictures Imageworks, first met Mehta during the filming of the latter's Maya Memsaab, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepa Sahi, over 16 years ago. At that time, Foster recalls, there was no special effects-focussed company in the country. "Only a few ad films used effects to a certain extent. But the scope now is immense. Filmmakers like Steven Spielberg are looking at India to develop special effects," he said. Last year, he came to Mumbai to take over the working of Maya Digital. "I don't care much for the monsoons and traffic of Mumbai but I came here because I truly believe that in the next five years this city will become the main hub of post-production in the world," he said.

Talking about Sholay 3D, Foster says that the entire film was a challenge for him and his team. "After getting the requisite permission from the Sippys, we realised what a task it was. When you convert a movie from 2D to 3D, the source material is the most important thing. Recreating a 35 year old movie that is not colour-corrected was a definite challenge," Foster said. He also said that the film being over three hours long means that this is one of the biggest films to be converted in the world to 3D. "A normal Hollywood film contains about 2000 shots but Sholay has almost 5000 shots. We have worked hard on each of those 5000-odd shots by identifying objects in these shots that need to be colour-corrected and enhanced for better visual appeal. There were between 100 to 2000 objects in each shot for the team to work on. It was quite tough," Foster recalled.

The visual effects supervisor, however, is all praises for Ramesh Sippy and calls him India's Orson Welles. "His movies are obviously inspired by Clint Eastwood's Westerners. For him, Sholay was as much a labour of torture as it was a labour of love. You must give him credit for introducing stereo in Indian films and action stuntmen from the UK," he said.

For the 3D version, Foster said that his team has developed a proprietary conversion software on which almost 90 per cent of the film has been worked. The team also used Rotoscopy, a technique in which animators create a new trajectory over live action film frame by frame to a great extent. Essentially, this means positioning 40 to 50 dancers used in a Holi sequence in a way that the 3D effect blends in with the shot. To do this, each dancer and his/ her movements have to be digitally-enhanced so that the transition to 3D looks smooth. Foster said that most of the 3D will be used in the action sequences. One computer-generated shot has also been introduced in the film. Early in the film, during the train sequence when both Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan are battling bandits, Dharmendra's character Veeru throws a few coal chunks over barrels of oil that explode instantaneously. "In the CG shot, we have given the explosion red colour instead of the original black because Sholay in English means embers and we wanted to show that," Foster said. According to him, many films can be remade for the younger audience but not Sholay. The memorable dialogues, unforgettable characters and the thrill of watching the now-deceased Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago, he said.

Disney recently released Lion King in 3D to favourable responses this year. If the 3D version of Sholay succeeds at the box-office, a whole new market is set to open for filmmakers next year.

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Aishwarya delivers baby girl

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, November 16, 2011 - 10:13 IST


All eyes are on the legendary Bachchan family not for any of their upcoming films but for the latest addition to their family.

The news is that Aishwarya has delivered a baby girl today morning. Tweeting about this, father Abhishek Bachchan announced, "IT'S A GIRL!!!!!! :-)))))". While Amitabh Bachchan obviously overcome with the joy of being a grandfather said, "I AM DADA to the cutest baby girl !!"

Bollywood Hungama congratulates Aishwarya and Abhishek!
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Wonderful article written by Shashi Baliga in The Hindu. Very well researched and to the point.



Some stars will tell you they are “really very shy”, then proceed to bare their hearts to the dictaphone you have placed in front of them. Some will send out feelers through their publicist or agent, others will call you when a controversy erupts because they want you to print “my side of the story”. Many will insist, “no personal questions, please,” when what they really mean is “No inconvenient personal questions, please”. For, they will have no problems talking about their diet, their children or what their first kiss was like so long as you don't ask about the relationship they don't want to talk about. Others will insist that you give them the latest gossip before they tell you what they have up their sleeve. And of course, all of them will give off-the-record tidbits. There are just a handful of stars, such as Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor or Karan Johar, who love the media attention and are not hypocritical about it; Shah Rukh will even sportingly admit he overdoses us during his carpet-bombing publicity blitzes. At the other extreme are those such as Sridevi, Rani Mukerji or Katrina Kaif, who are fundamentally wary of the press, give few interviews and are always guarded.

And then there are some intrinsically private people who genuinely do not wish to go public with their personal lives (in the larger sense and not just in terms of relationships). Aishwarya Rai is one of them. Right from the beginning of her film career, Aishwarya has not opened up about any of her relationships. She rarely talks about her family, her clothes, her holidays, her diet, or what-have-you. While Shah Rukh, and even Aamir Khan went to town with how they got their six-packs, Aishwarya did no such thing when she got in shape for Dhoom 2. You won't find her commenting on politics, other film stars or celebrities, unless it is in a work-related context. If at all she opens a window into her personal space, it will be for the briefest glimpse.

In short, she talks about her work and little else, really. And she will keep it professional. I remember that during an interview with her at her home, she shut the door, allowed no distractions and had not even brought her cell-phone into the room (stars not organically linked to their cell-phones is a rare sight indeed in Bollywood).

It would also be fair to say Aishwarya has rarely courted the press over the last decade or so. For the simple reason that she has not needed to; the cameras and journalists follow her unrelentingly anyway. This is not to say she hasn't used the press. Of course she has, especially in her early years in the industry; every aspiring or rising star does, legitimately so.

But somewhere during her turbulent relationship with Salman Khan, as the controversies and scoops got wilder and the questions more difficult to face, she started clamming up. The Vivek Oberoi phase didn't help either and with each passing year, she gave fewer interviews, though she did enough cover pictures and glam photographs to keep her visibility going. By the time she was seeing Abhishek Bachchan, she refused to talk about her personal life almost entirely. The photographs dwindled away too.

OFFENSIVE RUMOURS

The transition was understandable. Few film stars… okay, make that no Indian film star …has suffered the kind of intrusions into their personal space and offensive rumours about the most vulnerable aspects of their personal life that Aishwarya has.

For sheer variety and colour, the stories surrounding her tempestuous affair with Salman Khan will be difficult for any star (except Salman himself, of course) to match. She has been allegedly married off to a tree, supposedly to ward off any bad luck accruing to her husband on account of her being a manglik. Wild surmises about her ‘efforts' to get pregnant have been bandied about in all seriousness. She was said to be afflicted by “tuberculosis of the stomach” which reportedly hampered her chances of conceiving a child (she was enraged enough to demand a retraction from the publication that printed that piece).

Aishwarya's response to most of these recent intrusions has been, in one word: silence. When pushed to the limits of her endurance, she hasn't, like most stars, handed out an ‘Exclusive!' interview to give her side of the story, she has issued a press statement, as she did when the Salman Khan story got particularly problematic after their break-up.

MUM'S THE WORD

During her marriage preparations, we heard nothing from her about what she was wearing for the wedding, her designer trousseau, her jewellery or her honeymoon. She did not announce her pregnancy; she left that to her husband and father. She gave no mushy interviews, did no lavish photo-spreads. In fact, she was rarely seen in public and the paparazzi got just a handful of photo-ops. Despite this — or perhaps because of it — the curiosity about her delivery reached levels unprecedented for any Indian celebrity.

Though her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan and husband Abhishek have been far more forthcoming, Aishwarya has kept mum, if you'll pardon the pun. While Abhishek has nicknamed the baby ‘Beti B' and tweets about her, his wife keeps her silence.

So, perhaps it is fitting that, in an extraordinary move, the electronic media and much of the print media as well, decided to allow Aishwarya her privacy during her entry into motherhood. It is an extraordinary gesture not merely because it has not been offered to any other film star, but because it has been offered to a film star at all.

When Sonia Gandhi — another very private woman — had her recent surgery, an omerta ruled the Congress, other political parties and much of the media as well (even if the rumours about what surgery she had still swirl without rest). I found this somewhat strange and unfair, for two reasons. One, the state of Sonia's health could have a direct impact on the country's destiny. Two, if the country is spending crores of rupees on her, surely it has the right to be told about her illness.

In that sense, film stars don't really owe it to us to open up about their personal life. They are not public servants, they make no claims to be ready to sacrifice their lives for the country. If they entertain the press, that is their generosity, weakness or smarts, depending on your view. Yet the press hounds them, often uncharitably and inhumanly, shows them little consideration even in their most vulnerable moments and will freely speculate on everything from their Botox jobs to the state of their marriages or even wombs.

The restraint shown in Aishwarya's case was duly acknowledged by the Bachchans, who obliged by holding a press conference when the baby and mother came home. This is a pact that could change the rules of the game.

Now let's see if the media will show the same grace to other film stars. And if they will finally grant film stars the same consideration they show our far more scandalous politicians.
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Madhuri to be waxed at Madame Tussauds LondonBy Devansh Patel, Jan 5, 2012 - 11:56Rating:

Today we're singing and dancing to the famous song 'Ek Do Teen' from Tezaab. The song that gave India and Bollywood's pride, Madhuri Dixit, a global recognition. The song that proved that she was here to take on the centre stage and become one of the most talked about actresses to emerge out of Indian cinema. What followed next was something that even Madhuri herself would not have dreamt of.

That was then but this is now - Madhuri Dixit-Nene is next in line to join the A-list line of Bollywood stars at Madame Tussauds London. Now you know why we're singing and dancing? Mads (as we love to call her) has already given a sitting to the sculptors in Mumbai and is expected to unveil her statue come March in London.
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More legal woes for Zanjeer remake
Salim-Javed send a legal notice to Amit Mehra, producer of the remake of their 1973 blockbuster claiming royalties, say they need their dues as per proposed copyright amendment bill



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Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan, the writer duo of the original Zanjeer had been rather miffed with Amit Mehra, who with nothing more than their 'blessings' had gone ahead and started shooting the remake.

We had told you how, Akhtar had even sought legal help regarding the issue. And now, the veteran writers have jointly sent a legal notice to Mehra claiming royalties for the script that they had penned decades back.

Javed Akhtar, who had been on the committee that reviewed the latest Copyright Amendment Bill of 2011, has been the first one to stand up for the rights that the Act ensures.

The Bill upholds the Rights of an author in an entire product such as films. And though Amit Mehra, son of producer Prakash Mehra may have the rights of the film, sharing royalties with the scriptwriters becomes essential.

When contacted, Akhtar told Mumbai Mirror, “We have hired a well-known Delhi based legal firm, Luthra & Luthra. We have also sent a notice to Amit Mehra. We have asked him to start a negotiation. He had earlier met us thrice and every time avoided discussing royalties.”

Mehra's public announcement about gathering Salim-Javed's blessings for free too seems to have bothered the writer. “And now, he has gone ahead and started shooting for the film. We have sent him a legal notice yesterday,” said Akhtar and added, “Salim Khan and I are on the same page regarding the matter. Solicitor Ameet Datta is representing us jointly. In a few days we will hold a press conference to discuss the issue with everyone.”

“Maintaining legal control of your work is critical and this is what the Copyright Act intends. The simple thing that one has to understand is that when the screenplay was written - it was for being developed into a particular film.

While the producer does retain the overall rights for the product - which is the film, one cannot deny that the creative rights of the screenplay writer cannot be ignored,” said solicitor Ameet Datta of Luthra & Luthra, Law Offices, Delhi, which is handling the case of Salim-Javed.

Explaining the need for consent of the authors for using the screenplay for a film remake is besides the point, Datta said that across the world such norms are followed.

“It is unfortunate that the film industry in India has ignored the same and for long. But in our opinion it is a fit case that the duo is contesting for one of their most popular screenplays. They are right in saying that not only their consent should be taken for remaking a film based on their screenplay as apart from. Copyright ownership, the authors also retained moral rights on the screenplay, but they should also be consulted on their royalties, which otherwise if their creative rights were protected-would anyway come to them,” added Datta.

When contacted, Amit Mehra refused to comment.

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