Ramesh Sippy, producer of the 1975 blockbuster Sholay approached the Supreme Court for the stay of the release of Sholay 3D version made by his nephew Sasha over the rights of the film.
There was a quick and urgent meeting by a bench of lawyers,
headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam. After senior advocate Shyam
Divan put this case before them, they have agreed to list the case
for hearing today.
Earlier, the Bombay High court had refused to stay the release
of Sholay 3D and hence the producer approached the supreme
court. Sasha, son of Ramesh Sippy's brother Vijay Sippy argued in
the court that Sippy had no rights of the movie and hence cannot
object him from releasing this film.
Sasha and other members of the Sippy family argued that they
were associated with Sholay Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd formed
in 2000. They further said that Ramesh Sippy never made any
copyright claims earlier and commercially exploited Sholays rights
several times earlier.
Sholay was and will remain one of the best works churned out
from the Bollywood industry. Though we don't have the exact budget,
it is said that the film fetched earned about Rs.15 crores nett
gross in India during its first run. The film went on to earn a
still-standing record of 60 golden jubilees across India.