Sarkar 3 is an upcoming Indian political crime thriller film, directed by Ram Gopal Varma. This is the third installment of the Sarkar film series which stars Amitabh Bachchan again in the lead role along with Ronit Roy, Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Sadh and Yami Gautam. It will release on May 12, 2017 in India.
Sarkar 3, starring Amitabh Bachchan, got in a legal trouble after Narendra Hirawat & Co filed a case against the makers of the upcoming Ram Gopal Varma’s directorial regarding the copyright issues.
Holder of copyrights of over 1300 movies, Narendra Hirawat & Co acquired the copyrights of “Sarkar” franchise after the release of the second part and is in possession of prequel, sequel, remake and all other irreversible world negative rights in perpetuity.
“We are extremely disappointed with this move from the producers of ‘Sarkar 3’. As a cautionary step, we even issued a notice to the makers in October 2016, but they have still failed to obtain permission from us for the release of the movie,” Shreyans Hirawat, Executive Head of Narendra Hirawat & Co., said in a statement.
“We bought all the legal rights of ‘Sarkar’ franchise years ago and are left with no other option than to approach the high court.”
“Looking at the current situation, we are hopeful that the court will grant injunction and subsequently stop the release of ‘Sarkar 3’,” added Hirawat.
“Sarkar 3” is the third part of the “Sarkar” franchise and is scheduled to release on May 12.
The first instalment of the franchise was titled “Sarkar”, which released on July 1, 2005.
It was followed by the release of “Sarkar Raj” on June 6, 2008.
A statement from the spokesperson of the production house Alumbra Entertainment & Media Pvt Ltd read: “The press release issued by Narendra Hirawat & Co is not only distasteful, represents false facts but also against the law.”
“However, this position is absolutely wrong. As is widely known, the story in all three movie has been progressing and thus, movie ‘Sarkar 3’ is a sequel to the film ‘Sarkar Raj’ and not a remake of ‘Sarkar’.”
A similar order was passed by the Bombay High Court by Justice G.S. Patel stating that the right claimed is only that of a remake and the current film “Sarkar 3” is a sequel and therefore, “no ad-interim relief can be granted. Since, the matter is now sub-judice, no further comments can be made in this regard,” said the spokesperson of the production house.
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