In a suit alleging copyright infringement, a Ranchi court refused to stay the release of Bollywood film Jugjugg Jeeyo on Thursday. Vishal Singh, a Ranchi-based writer, had approached the court, saying that the substance of his story titled ‘Punny Rani’ was used in the film without acknowledgment and seeking a stop on the film’s release.
Previously, the court had ordered that the film be shown in court, following this, Dharma Production filed a petition demanding that the file not be provided to Vishal Singh. The screening date was set for June 21. However, the screening, according to the petitioner’s counsel, did not take place.
Judge Manoj Chandra Jha denied the petitioner’s plea, ruling that the balance of convenience favoured the defendants.
“The plaintiff is unlikely to succeed, but even if they do, the ruling for injunction is tilted in favour of the defendants due to the balances of convenience and irreparable loss,” concluded the court.
Vishal Singh claimed that merely viewing the film’s trailer and comparing it to the plaintiff’s story demonstrated clearly that the defendants had copied and used the plaintiff’s story. In this regard, the plaintiff sought a compensation of 1.5 crore from the defendants in the claim, as well as an interim hold on the film’s release.
The defendants, on the other hand, claimed that there was no prima facie case and that they had spent crores on the production of the film. As a result, if the film’s release is delayed, they will suffer irreparable damage.
It was claimed that marketing and advertising charges of roughly 13.95 crores and distribution costs of around 6.05 crores were incurred. After considering all evidence, the court concluded that the plaintiff had filed the complaint solely based on the film’s trailer.
Furthermore, the balance of convenience was found to be with the defendants when the amount paid by the defendants for production was weighed against the plaintiff’s claim for loss or damages. As a result, the request to postpone the film’s release was denied.
For the plaintiff, Senior Advocate Ajit Kumar attended alongside lawyers Saurabh Arun, Kumar Vaibhabh, Abhay Prakash, and Rahul Pandey. Senior Advocate Chander M Lall, Chitranjan Sinha, and attorneys Indrajit Sinha, Pranaya Goyal, Kundan Kumar Verma, and Sneh Singh represented the defendants.
Dharma Productions and Viacom 18 Studios are co-producing the picture. ‘Jug Jug Jeeyo,’ directed by Raj Mehta and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, released in theatres on June 24. In addition to Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor also feature in the film. It also stars Maniesh Paul and Prajakta Kohli, a social media influencer-turned-actor.
Case Title: Vishal Singh v. Dharma Productions