November 19, 2011 07:01:45 PM IST Glamsham Editorial
Films getting notices before the release has become a common thing these days. So we hear a notice was served to the producers of DON 2 as well. Reportedly, Nariman Films, the producers of original DON (the Amitabh Bachchan starrer 1978 film) had sent a legal notice to Excel Entertainment for copyright infringement saying that they had only given the right to remake the movie and no rights to make a sequel.
However, Excel Entertainment, owned by Farhan Akhtar & Ritesh Sidhwani has denied about the same. Below is a statement on behalf of Excel Entertainment's legal counsel for the same.
"Excel Entertainment has not infringed any copyright leave alone that of DON, starring Amitabh Bachchan by producing DON 2. Further, Excel Entertainment is the bona-fide author and owner of copyright of the Films DON - THE CHASE BEGINS AGAIN (i.e. DON 1), which has been confirmed by Nariman Films in writing. Excel is also the owner of the copyrights of DON 2."
The statement further reads, "In 2005, Nariman Films has given rights to Excel Entertainment, in perpetuity, for making DON - THE CHASE BEGINS AGAIN. DON 2 is a sequel of DON - THE CHASE BEGINS AGAIN alongwith the ownership to the underlying work therein. The entire story and dialogue of DON - 2 has been prepared by Farhan and the other team members of Excel Entertainment. The title of DON 2 has been approved by AMPTPP in favour of Excel Entertainment. Excel Entertainment states that there has been no undue influence on persons of Nariman Films. Nariman Films, with their malafide intention and to extort unjustified and unearned monies from Excel Entertainment, have given the legal notice, which is baseless and devoid of merits. Excel Entertainment is suitably replying to the legal notice sent by the Advocates of Nariman Films. Excel Entertainment shall defend themselves and shall not permit Nariman Films to hamper the release of DON 2 under any circumstances whatsoever. The fact of Excel Entertainment making DON 2 has been in the public domain since 2009. It seems that it has now become a practice to give notices just before release of a film to extract monies. We at Excel Entertainment have done nothing wrong and shall stick to the correct legal and moral principles and defend what is right."