If a certain Sanjay Haran had his way, the release of 13B may have been stuck for many more weeks to come. The man had taken the film to the court and the issue was one of the usual suspects - 'similarity in titles'. In 2007, he had registered the title 13 and was now claiming rights over it. However, it was sort of a non-issue since the Madhavan-Neetu Chandra starrer 13B not just has an added B to it but also a tagline which goes as FEAR HAS A NEW ADDRESS.
''Isn't it insane'', says a source attached to the film's production, ''3 days before the film's release, the man shows up and stakes his claim over the title. This was yet another means to harass a production house when it is most vulnerable with print dispatch already on.''
a) Delay on part of the applicant to approach court to get an injunction (The marketing and promotional material was up from 23rd January with the name of the film) b) It's not a statutory requirement in any way as bodies like GUILD, IMPAA etc are only trade bodies while their film was also already duly censored c) They had a film/property already ready for release. For the applicant, it's more at a script level which will be built in future and not an asset which is ready today and is getting compromised/diluted
The case came up for hearing in Mumbai High Court but to the relief of 13B, the judge gave judgment in the favor of BIG PICTURES (the makers of 13B) and rejected Sanjay's application.
''It was yet another arm twisting tactic'', says Preeti Puri Sharma, vice president (public relations) of BIG Pictures, ''Thankfully, the honorable court understood the matter and gave the ruling in our favour. I hope this incident will serve as a lesson to all who try such means to harass film makers.''