Trouble for the makers of SARKAR 3 doesn’t seem to cease. Earlier the film which was supposed to hit the silver screens in December last year but due to demonetization effect the makers postponed it to MARCH 17, 2017. Later the date was again postponed to April 7 post which it was rescheduled to release on May 12. Phew!
And now if the buzz is to be believed, then the release of the film may be stalled worldwide over copyright issues. Narendra & Co has filed a legal case against the makers of Amitabh Bachchan starrer SARKAR 3 as they had acquired the copyrights of SARKAR franchise in 2008 after the release of the second part and is in possession of prequel, sequel, remake and all other irreversible world negative rights in perpetuity.
Shreyans Hirawat, Executive Head of Narendra Hirawat & Co said “We are extremely disappointed with this move from the producers of SARKAR 3. As a cautionary step, we even issued a notice to the makers in October 2016, but they have still failed to obtain permission from us for the release of the movie.
We have bought all the legal rights of SARKAR franchise years ago and are left with no other option than to approach the high court. Looking at the current situation, we are hopeful that the court will grant injunction and subsequently stop the release of SARKAR 3.”
Sarkar 3 is the third part of the SARKAR franchise and is scheduled for release of 12th May 2017.
The first installment of the franchise titled SARKAR was released in 2005 and was followed by SARKAR RAJ subsequently that released in 2008.
Once the court grants injunction, the makers will have to stop the release of the latest installment on 12th May 2017 or they may face criminal /civil penalties if they fail to comply with the court order.
Presenting the other side of this story the spokesperson of the production house Alumbra Entertainment & Media Pvt Ltd, which is producing the latest installment was quoted in a leading daily as, “The press release issued by Narendra Hirawat & Co is not only distasteful, represents false facts but also against the law.
The matter is currently sub-judice before the Bombay High Court. The press release falsely states that Narendra Hirawat & Co owns the prequel and sequel rights to movie SARKAR along with remake rights. Narendra Hirawat's own case before the Bombay High Court is that they are the assignees of only the remake rights of SARKAR and nothing else. ”