A copyright infringement case was filed against Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey. The Bombay High Court denied it and now the film will release on April 22.
Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey, which found itself in a suit claiming infringement of copyright by a writer named Rupesh Jaiswal over the story, will release as per schedule. The Bombay High Court has denied a stay on the film which is set to hit the theatres on April 22.
COURT ORDERS JERSEY RELEASE AS PER SCHEDULE
Justice RI Chagla passed the order after a detailed hearing on Wednesday in which writer Rajneesh Jaiswal claimed that the producers had plagiarised his script titled, ‘The Wall.’ The script was registered with the Film Writers Association in 2007, which is now being called the Screenwriters Association.
Advocate Vishal Kanade, appearing for Jaiswal, sought a stay on the release of the movie which is slated to hit the screens on May 22. Kanade argued that the concept, story and idea from Jaiswal’s script had been illegally plagiarised by the makers of Jersey and that the Telugu film, which released in 2019, was based on his script. They also claimed that there were several overlaps in Jaiswal’s script and Jersey.
Kanade argued that the plagiarised version of his script had been manipulated slightly in order to evade the scanner of plagiarism and added that the filmmakers had unjustly enriched themselves while causing massive economic loss to Jaiswal. “The fact that the Telugu film is now being adapted and remade in Hindi in itself shows that huge profits have already been made,” added Kanade.
Advocate Dr Birendra Saraf, appearing for producer Allu Aravind, argued that Jaiswal was not seeking damages against the Telugu film, but instead on the subsequent Hindi remake made after two years. He contended that Jaiswal’s claim that he was not aware of the Telugu film was inconceivable.
For copyright to take place, it was pertinent to get access to the material that could be copyrighted, which in this case, was missing. Saraf further said, “The script is registered is all that he says. He does not claim that he had parted with anyone. If I do not have access to his film, then how can I copy it?” With this, Saraf sought that no relief be granted to Jaiswal.
After hearing both parties at length, Justice Chagla proceeded to reject interim relief to Jaiswal.
Jersey is the Hindi remake of Nani’s Telugu film of the same title. Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, the film stars Shahid Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapoor. It is produced by Allu Entertainment, Dil Raju Production, Sithara Entertainments and Brat Films.