Ram Gopal Varma to pay penalty of Rs 10 Lakhs

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Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015

Ram Gopal Varma to pay penalty of Rs 10 Lakhs

The high court imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakhs as penalty on Ram Gopal varma, his production house M/S RGV productions Pvt ltd as well as Varma corporation ltd and Madhu Varma  for  coming out with the remake of 1975 blockbuster Sholay, violating the exclusive copyright vested with its director Ramesh Sippy.

The judgement was delivered on a lawsuit filed by Sascha Sippy, son and grandson of the original Sholay's producers Vijay Sippy and G P Sippy. He had alleged that with the remake, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Varma had violated the exclusive copyright held by the Sholay Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

It held that Mr Varma's film gave an overall impression that it was a remake of Sholay as the characters Gabbar and Gabbar Singh were misused, along with its music, lyrics, dialogues and background score.

The 1975 blockbuster features actors like Dharmendra, Amitabh Bacchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Amjad Khan among others.

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