Office Location

Delhi:

E-5, 2nd Floor, Defence Colony
New Delhi - 110024
Tel : 011-24336744

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Mumbai:

Office No. 1410, 14th Floor, Maker Chamber V, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Tel : +91 22-22873499

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Gurgaon:

Level 18, One Horizon Center, Golf Course Road, DLF Phase 5, Sector 43, Gurgaon 122002, India
Tel : +91 124 668 8146 / +91 124 668 8147

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Mumbai (Entertainment and Media Practice)

Office No. 213, 2nd Floor, A-wing, Crystal Plaza, Andheri Link Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai.
Tel : 022-62360762

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Mumbai (Corporate and Transactional Practice)

909/A, Capital Building, Bandra Kurla Complex, East Mumbai- 400098

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Bangalore:

21/2, 1st Main Road,
Opp Indian overseas Bank,
Gandhinagar,
Bengaluru - 560009

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Kanpur:

77A, Cantt., Kanpur - 208004

Raabta - Magadheera

‘Raabta’ the movie, was engulfed in a controversy just before its release. Allu Aravind, the owner of Geetha Arts had sent a legal notice to the makers of Raabta accusing them of copying the story of his production movie ‘Magadheera’.

Ironically, ‘Magadheera’ itself was engulfed in its own controversy, when a senior Telugu novelist S. P. Chary had alleged that the story of his book ‘Chanderi’ was copied and made into a feature film, ‘Magadheera’. He said that his story also deals with the reincarnation of lovers which was similar to the movie plot. Though, no legal action was taken by either of these parties.

On 24th May, 2017 Geetha Arts, filed a case before the City Civil Court, Hyderabad, that the makers of Raabta seek to copy, plagiarise and violate its rights contained in Magadheera. They also alleged that the story line, plot and screenplay of ‘Magadheera’ were copied without taking prior approval or permission from Geetha Arts. Thus, they prayed for an interim injunction against the release of the film. On 1st June, 2017, the Court heard the matter and issued notices to the producers of Raabta. However, the producers of Raabta, denied all the allegations against them and rightfully pointed out the clever timing of Geetha Arts in seeking an injunction right before the release. They also mentioned that the idea for the plot of the movie can’t be copyrighted which is the essence Indian Copyright law also knows as idea-expression dichotomy. The producers also filed with the court the comparative chart showing how the two films are completely different in their story, treatment and expression.

The dispute was settled out of court, and on 8th June, 2017, Geetha Arts withdrew the case.