Ranbir Kapoor’s film Animal has landed itself in a legal trouble before its OTT release. The film’s co-producer Murad Khetani has approached the Delhi High Court to ban the OTT release of ‘Animal’.
Murad Khetani’s Cine1 Studio has taken a legal action and alleged that he had entered into an agreement with T-Series which T-Series is no longer accepting.
Cine1 Studios Pvt Ltd has filed a case against T-Series, arguing that the two production houses had entered into an agreement for the making of ‘Animal’. Under this agreement, Cine1 claimed that it would retain 35 percent profit share and would be entitled to 35 percent intellectual property rights in ‘Animal’.
Cine1 alleged that T-Series incurred expenses for the making, promotion and release of the film. But Cine1 does not know anything about all these expenses.
T-Series released the film even after the agreement. Then profit was made at the box office and no money was given to Cine1.
According to Bar & Bench report, senior advocate Sandeep Sethi appeared for Cine1. He said Cine1 has not received any information about the earnings of ‘Animal’, its box office records, music, satellite or internet rights.
He said that T-Series is keeping all the money and profits from the film for itself. Nothing is being given to Cine1.
Advocate Amit Sibal appeared on behalf of T-Series in this hearing being held before Justice Sanjeev Narula. He said that Cine1 cannot make any claim on ‘Animal’ because they have not spent a single rupee on the film. He mentioned an agreement made in the main contract in which Cine1 had reportedly given up all its intellectual property and all rights in the film.
T-Series people say that Cine1 had also taken Rs 2.6 crore for this. T-Series said that Cine1 hid this fact from the court that they also got Rs 2.6 crore.
Whereas they haven’t invested even a single rupee in the film. Cine1 says that T-Series has not given them any information on the agreements made with Netflix and Sony Pictures regarding digital and satellite releases.
Well, now the next hearing of this case will be on Thursday 18th January. The court said that the owner of Cine1 i.e. Murad Khetani himself should appear in the court for the hearing. Pinkvilla published a report quoting sources in which it was told that a similar case was also done during the time of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’. Now it remains to be seen what decision is taken in this matter.