“Even as Farhan Akhtar’s eagerly awaited SRK starrer Don 2 opened across cinema halls in the U.K. yesterday and is all set for a worldwide release tomorrow (Dec 23), the makers are still awaiting the verdict whether they would have to pay any compensation based on the case filed against them by Nariman Films and the Irani Family (makers of the original Don)
Even though the Bombay High Court cleared the release of the film a decision on damages to be paid if any will be taken today by division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and justice Roshan Dalvi. Nariman Films and the Irani Family had claimed damages to the extent of Rs.200 crores for violating copyrights by adopting the Don signature tune, songs of the original Don and also copying its script, characters and music without prior intimation, further stating that the rights of the said script were given only for the remake and not for the sequel.
It remains to be seen if the makers of Don 2 have to cough up some amount as compensation, the decision of which would be taken later today.”Don2 Farhan Akhtar Shah Rukh Khan
“Stay on ‘Don 2’ dismissed
A division bench of the HC on Thursday dismissed an appeal seeking a stay on the release of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Don 2’ that is scheduled to release on Friday.
Nariman Films, the producers of the 1978 original hit ‘Don’ had filed a case before a single judge of the HC, seeking stay citing copyright violation. But the single judge dismissed it on December 19, saying it was too late. The HC observed that most of the prints are dispatched and an injuction will affect third party benefits, the third party being distributors and exhibitors.”