Copyright holder can decide on exhibiting movie: Aamir counse

The Indian express :Actor Aamir Khan’s counsel on Wednesday submitted in the Bombay High Court that it’s up to the copyright owner to decide whether to exhibit the movie or not and that the inquiry by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in this regard is a form of harassment.

Khan’s counsel said the actor’s production house is just enforcing its copyright freedom when it comes to releasing its films and the CCI (a central government body) has no jurisdiction to initiate any inquiry in this regard. The competition commission had issued a showcause notice to Khan in December last year, based on its inquiry report which pointed out his involvement in coming together with other Bollywood producers and allegedly forming a cartel to corner multiplex owners in April last year. Khan had contended that he had no role to play in the alleged cartel and challenged the showcause notice, saying it was without jurisdiction.

Khan’s counsel on Wednesday told the Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari that apart from the issue of jurisdiction, the commission seems to have made up their mind regarding the inquiry against them. Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata said that petitioners had come for a hearing before the commission which concluded last week. “Producers, film stars, cricketers and lawyers can demand any price,” said Chief Justice Mohit Shah.

Meanwhile, the central government had contended that the High Court in its jurisdiction cannot entertain a case at the stage of show cause notice and before the matter is contested at the appropriate tribunal.

Eros ties up with T-Series

Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) Music label T-series and media and entertainment company Eros have entered into a strategic alliance through which T-series can exclusively exploit the music and audio visual rights of forthcoming Eros Films, an official said Wednesday.

The music and audio visual content of films under the Eros banner will be now distributed by T-Series on all platforms, including all physical formats, radio, television, mobile and digital formats.

Some of Eros’ forthcoming films include ‘Anjana Anjaani’, ‘RA.One’ and ‘Rock Star’.

‘T-Series is one of the established players in the music domain while Eros is an established player in film content and distribution. It made sense for the two companies to join hands and work together on the music strategy,’ Sunil Lulla, managing director of Eros International Media Ltd, said in a statement.

Once Upon A Time… not based on Haji Mastan’s life: Balaji

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Balaji Motion Pictures Limited to issue a press release clarifying that its upcoming release Once Upon a time in Mumbai is not based on Haji Mastan’s life.

The production house subsequently issued a press release denying that the film is based on Mastan and clarified that the producers have never stated that the film is based on his life.

“The film is purely work of fiction and the characters in the film are fictional,” the press release stated. After the hype that the movie was based on the life of late gangster Haji Mastan, his adopted son had moved the court seeking a screening of the film before its release.

Mastan’s adopted son Sundher Shekhar alias Suleman Mirza had moved the court opposing the release of the film which is scheduled on July 30.

Shekhar said that “The film’s publicity by the makers saying that it was based on Mastan’s life, showing him to be a gangster was defaming. Mastan was a social worker and looked up as a godfather by the needy and a financial benefactor to many families”.

The court today disposed of the petition after the makers of the film undertook to issue a press release by 6 pm on Wednesday to clarify that the film is not based on Mastan’s life.

Salman Khan can dance, says choreographer

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Not everyone swears by Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan’s dancing prowess. But his choreographer for the movie ‘Dabangg’ says he has become technically strong and even gives his own inputs.

‘This is not the first time I am working with Salman. I’ve worked with him even earlier when I used to be an assistant with Ganesh Acharya. But now he has changed; today he is technically stronger. He also gives his inputs for steps,’ Shabina Khan Ansari told IANS.

‘Dabangg’, a film set in a small town of Uttar Pradesh, will feature Salman in the role of a cop. His younger brother and actor Arbaaz Khan has produced the film while Abhinav Kashyap is the director. The film is slated for a September release.

Ansari has choreographed two songs in the film, a romantic track and a hardcore dance number. She gave Salman steps suiting his character.

‘I created steps for Salman keeping in mind his character and image. He is playing a cop in the film, so I didn’t want his moves to be professional like a dancer’s. He plays a straightforward person in the film; we kept all that in mind,’ said the choreographer.

‘Even Salman really pushed himself. Everyone liked his dancing in ‘Wanted’; so he wanted to improve upon that,’ she added.

So what’s the strong point in Salman’s dancing? ‘It’s his style,’ said Ansari, without a second thought.

‘He has his own way of doing steps. Even if I teach him something, he will do it in his own way. But it actually comes out to be nice and audiences love it,’ she added.

‘Dabangg’, which has music by Sajid-Wajid, also stars Sonakshi Sinha, the daughter of veteran actor Shatughan Sinha. However, she doesn’t get to shake a leg in the film.

‘Sonakshi will not be seen dancing in the film. Her character doesn’t demand that, but even in the romantic song, where you see her moving a little, you can see rhythm in her body. She has a music sense and I’m sure she will be a great dancer,’ Ansari said.

She has over 12 years’ experience and has been part of several Ram Gopal Varma projects such as ‘Company’, ‘Bhoot’, ‘Naach’ and ‘Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon’.

She has also worked on films like ‘Jashan’, ‘Yahaan’, ‘Aksar’ and ‘Well Done Abba’ among others.

Currently the choreographer has her kitty full with projects like ‘Kajraare’, which is close to release, ‘Chai Garam’ and ‘Will You Marry Me’.

John Abraham talks about forthcoming flick ‘Aashayein’

Mumbai, July 29 (ANI): Bollywood actor John Abraham talked about his coming up film ‘Aashayein’ during a promotional event here on Thursday.

Abraham said that the film would leave a positive impact on the minds of people.

“First wish was that it should release. Now when it is releasing, I am very happy. My wish is that it should be a positive film in audience’s mind and I am confident that it will be a confident film in the mind of the audience,” said Abraham.

“Commercially it is a small film, but it will create big impact on minds. So, I think that commercially it should be a plus film,” he added.

Abraham further said he wants to enhance his performance in all his films.

“In my effort I would like to improve my performance qualitatively and perform in good films. Every actor wants credibility so ‘Aashayein’ is that film where I am looking for critical and credible acclaim,” he added.

Written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, the movie stars John Abraham and Sonal Sehgal in the lead roles.

‘Aashayein’ is the story of a gambler, who discovers new meanings of life through a dramatic turn of events. By Sheikh Sharik (ANI)

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