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Whose <i>Nishabd</i> is it?

Ram Gopal Varma just got out of one legal mess owing to his decision to remake Sippy's Sholay, and he is into another law snag already! The talented director, whose film Nishabd is set for a March release, has been accused of lifting the name of his film from another source.

The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to RGV's Film Factory for copyright infringement. Apparently, Nishabd is the title of a Bengali film made almost a decade ago. This film released in year 2005 and has won many awards and accolades. It has received the best feature film award at Osian's Cinefan Festival Asian Film and 'Coup De Coeur Guimet Award' at Vesoul International Festival of Asian Award. Filmmaker Jahar Kanungo claims that he retains the copyright to the title Nishabd. Justice A K Sikri has now asked RGV, Adlabs Films Ltd and Super Cassettes Ltd to file their defence statements by March 23.

Nishabd, starring Amitabh Bachchan and debutante Jiah Khan is scheduled to release on March 2. However, Kanungo has appealed to the court stop the release of the film. 

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