INDIA: The Delhi High Court granted the online release of the Ranbir Kapoor starrer movie Shamshera on Friday. The OTT release of the film happened following Yash Raj Films’ depositing of Rs. 1 crore, for the prolonged registry till August 22.
The judgment is made by justice Jyoti Singh after law suiter Bikramjeet Singh Bhullar had filed a case claiming that the movie was “an infringement of his copyright in the literary work ‘Kabu na chhadein Khet’.”
Bhullar’s petition sought an injunction against the creators to create, produce, distribute, broadcast, communicate to the public, edit, broadcast, exhibit in theaters and/or on television and/or online platforms (including any “OTT platform” or other streaming platform).
The makers had initially pledged that the film would not be released on the OTT platform till the next hearing. On Thursday, their lawyer requested the court to allow the film on platforms on Friday. Failure to do so will breach our contract with third parties, they told the court.
According to the court, “Considering the totality of the circumstances as well as the fact that the impugned film has already been released in theatres and is scheduled to be released on the OTT Platforms tomorrow i.e. 19.08.2022, in my view, to balance the equities between the parties, at this stage, it would be appropriate to permit Defendant No. 1 to release the impugned film “Shamshera”, on the OTT Platforms, subject, however, to Defendant No. 1 (Yash Raj Films Pvt Ltd) depositing a sum of Rs.1 Crore with the Registrar General of this Court, latest by 22.08.2022.”
The court made their statement, “It is made clear that if the money is not deposited within the timeline granted by this Court, an injunction shall operate against the further telecast of the movie on the OTT Platforms with effect from 23.08.2022.”
The larger-than-life movie failed to live up to the expectations of the audience and thus, suffered a huge loss in the box office collection. The movie marks Ranbir Kapoor’s comeback movie after the release of ‘Sanju’.
The movie was expected to work well but its prolonged dialogue deliveries and unrequited amount of action make it dull. However, it’s the third flop movie from the house of Yash Raj Films since Jayeshbhai Jordaar and Samrat Prithviraj didn’t perform well.