With the remake saga continuing in Bollywood, actor Sanjay Dutt is all set to hit back the screens with the official remake of 2010 political drama film Prasthanam. However, the film has got itself into legal trouble. Production-distribution company Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd has issued a legal notice to Sanjay Dutt and his associates, questioning their right to remake Prasthanam in Hindi.
According to Deccan Chronicle, the news was confirmed by Ketan Maru, Shemaroo’s Senior Vice-President for film production. "Yes, we have sent a legal notice to Mr Dutt and others associated with the remake of 2010 Telugu film Prasthanam. That’s because we at Shemaroo have the remake rights of the film," he was quoted saying.
He further added, "We are not proceeding legally against this remake to create trouble for them. Shemaroo is a reputed company with a distinguished and spotless track record. We only want to see justice being done in this matter. And as far as we can see, anyone else except us remaking Prasthanam is illegal."
Ketan adds up that the matter was brought up with Dutt a long time before. "We acquired the rights in 2012. When we read the announcement of Mr Dutt’s remake, we immediately drew attention to the fact that the remake rights of Prasthanam were with us. However, they paid no attention and proceeded to remake the film."
He is however not blaming Sanjay Dutt directly. Ketan says, "Producers are known to sell remake rights of one film to two, sometimes three, producers. It is possible that they (Dutt and co) paid a substantial amount of money to buy the Prasthanam rights without knowing the rights were sold to us. However, they proceeded to make the film fully aware that the rights were with us. This cannot be overlooked."
Meanwhile, apart from Dutt the film also stars Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Panday, Ali Fazal and Amyra Dastur.