Update: Original writers of Zanjeer, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar have finally ended the legal conflict by arriving at financial settlement with Puneet and Sumeet Mehra, who are producing the remake
The two scriptwriters of the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Zanjeer had moved to the High Court claiming that they hold the copyright over the script, dialogues and the story. They had urged the court to put a stay on the Aproova Lakhia’s Zanjeer 2.0 release, which is the remake of original. But their request was rejected by the court few days back. The duo then appealed before a division judge. That’s when a division bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M S Sonak, advised the two parties to cordially resolve the issue and they agreed.
Earlier report: Bombay High Court rejects stay on Zanjeer 2.0 release
Apoorva Lakhia and his team can finally heave a sigh of relief
Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, who wrote the script of original Zanjeer, moved to the High Court claiming that they hold the copyright over the script, dialogues and the story of Amitabh Bachchan starrer and also demanded compensation. Since writer duo Salim-Javed had the rights of the script, they claimed it could be used only once which Prakash Mehra did while making the original Zanjeer. Hence to remake the film, it would require their consent which is why they asked the court to put a stay on the film’s release.
In fact, Puneet and Sumeet Mehra, sons of late Prakash Mehra, who are producing the remake, agreed to pay Rs 6 crore as compensation if the court ruled in Salim-Javed’s favour. This was observed by the court while rejecting the stay on the release of Priyanka Chopra and Ram Charan Teja starrer Zanjeer 2.0 which will hit the screens on September 6.
While Bombay High Court has rejected their plea, Salim-Javed are now planning to appeal to the apex court. Looks like these two veteran from film fraternity aren’t going to give up so easily.