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Raabta vs Magadheera: Court Verdict out Tomorrow

The makers of ‘Raabta’ argued for five hours in court yesterday to point out differences between the two films.

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Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon in a poster of <i>Raabta</i>. (Photo courtesy: T-Series)

Raabta is all set to release on June 9, but before that, the Sushant Singh Rajput-Kriti Sanon-starrer has to fight off a copyright infringement allegation from the makers of Magadheera. The court is scheduled to deliver its verdict on the case tomorrow - the release of the Dinesh Vijan film depends on it.

Producer Allu Arvind of Geetha Arts had taken the makers of Raabta to court seeking an injunction on the release of the film on the charge that it was very similar to SS Rajamouli’s iconic Magadheera.

Yesterday, the makers of Raabta argued for over five hours in court, citing several differences in the script, story line, characters, location of the two films.

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According to Raabta makers, the allegation of the iconic 100 warriors scene from Magadheera being reproduced was baseless as there is no such scene either in their film or the trailer.

They also pointed out that the so-called similarities in the reincarnation theme was generic. They cited a list of more than 100 films on the theme of reincarnation like Prem, Hamesha, Om Shanti Om, and Kudrat.

We have filed the entire script of our film along with a comparative chart showing how the two films are completely different in the their story, treatment and expression, something that the Plaintiff ought to have done in the first place as part of his pleadings to show comparative similarities. Neither were any such similarities pointed nor has the Plaintiff filed its script for the judge to make a comparison. The entire suit, which has been filed at the eleventh hour despite the trailer coming out more than six weeks ago, is based on conjectures. We can’t understand how a film of over 2.30 hours in duration can reasonably be compared with a trailer of around 2 minutes to jump to a conclusion of Copyright infringement. We even offered to show the entire film to the Plaintiff as far back as on 17th of last month itself, to which the counsels for Plaintiff responded only on the midnight of 30th May, 2017, one night before the next hearing, stating that the reply was left lying with the watchman of their building all this while. They rejected the offer to see the film, of course.
Ankit Relan, Lawyer for T-Series which is producing Raabta

Will Raabta get the green signal? Watch this space for more.

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