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Tanu Weds Manu hit by legal issues

Posted By: Kalyani Prasad Keshri
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After a huge success that Tanu Weds Manu garnered after its release, the film is suddenly hit by some legal issues. Vinod Bachchan, (Soundarya Productions) who is the 51% stake owner in the IPR, has filed a complaint to the police accusing his distributor Sunil Bohra (Bohra Bros) of criminal breach, mischief, cheating, misrepresentation and fraud.

A trade source told TOI, “Vinod Bachchan and Shailesh R Singh are the producers of Tanu Weds Manu. They had entrusted the distribution rights of their film to Sunil Bohra (Bohra Bros) for a stipulated period of 10 years via an agency agreement dated October 11, 2010. However, Bohra is said to have sold TWM to a film corporation and also sold the satellite and music rights of the film to a leading channel and a music house respectively, claiming that he (Sunil Bohra) is the producer. When Bachchan realised that he had been 'duped' he swung into action and has filed a police complaint at the Oshiwara Police Station under section 120(b) of the IPC''.

The issue is being addressed by the AMPTPP (Association of Motion Pictures and Television Programme Producers). Reportedly, they have engaged two mediators-producers Tutu Sharma and Harry Baweja to sort out the matter.

While Vinod Bachchan preferred to keep quiet, BT has got a copy of the police complaint made by him. The producer's lawyers Medialexicon has given out a public notice in one of the Bollywood film trade papers restating that Vinod Bachchan is the producer of Tanu Weds Manu.

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