Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Sarkar 3’ in legal battle

Holder of copyrights of over 1300 movies, Narendra Hirawat & Co acquired the copyrights of “Sarkar” franchise after the release of the second part and is in possession of prequel, sequel, remake and all other irreversible world negative rights in perpetuity.

“Sarkar 3”, starring Amitabh Bachchan, got in a legal trouble after Narendra Hirawat & Co filed a case against the makers of the upcoming Ram Gopal Varma’s directorial. The makers have denied the claims.

Holder of copyrights of over 1300 movies, Narendra Hirawat & Co acquired the copyrights of “Sarkar” franchise after the release of the second part and is in possession of prequel, sequel, remake and all other irreversible world negative rights in perpetuity.

“We are extremely disappointed with this move from the producers of ‘Sarkar 3’. As a cautionary step, we even issued a notice to the makers in October 2016, but they have still failed to obtain permission from us for the release of the movie,” Shreyans Hirawat, Executive Head of Narendra Hirawat & Co., said in a statement.

“We bought all the legal rights of ‘Sarkar’ franchise years ago and are left with no other option than to approach the high court.”

“Looking at the current situation, we are hopeful that the court will grant injunction and subsequently stop the release of ‘Sarkar 3’,” added Hirawat.

“Sarkar 3” is the third part of the “Sarkar” franchise and is scheduled to release on May 12.

The first instalment of the franchise was titled “Sarkar”, which released on July 1, 2005.

It was followed by the release of “Sarkar Raj” on June 6, 2008.

A statement from the spokesperson of the production house Alumbra Entertainment & Media Pvt Ltd read: “The press release issued by Narendra Hirawat & Co is not only distasteful, represents false facts but also against the law.”

“The matter is currently sub-judice before the Bombay High Court. The press release falsely states that Narendra Hirawat & Co owns the prequel and sequel rights to movie ‘Sarkar’ along with remake rights.”

“Narendra Hirawat’s own case before the Bombay High Court is that they are the assignees of only the remake rights of ‘Sarkar’ and nothing else.”

The spokesperson further said that Narendra Hirawat & Co are wrongly contending before the court that the present movie “Sarkar 3” is a remake of the original movie “Sarkar”.

“However, this position is absolutely wrong. As is widely known, the story in all three movie has been progressing and thus, movie ‘Sarkar 3’ is a sequel to the film ‘Sarkar Raj’ and not a remake of ‘Sarkar’.”

A similar order was passed by the Bombay High Court by Justice G.S. Patel stating that the right claimed is only that of a remake and the current film “Sarkar 3” is a sequel and therefore, “no ad-interim relief can be granted. Since, the matter is now sub-judice, no further comments can be made in this regard,” said the spokesperson of the production house.

This Video Featuring Amitabh Bachchan Shows How The Daily Lives Of Modern Indian Women Are Different From Men

The gender disparity in India isn’t a new subject to talk about. However, it’s so deeply rooted that even educated individuals find it ridiculous to have equal rights for men and women.

The modern Indian woman, despite being equipped with education is still subjected to the prejudices of the society.

We see it all around us but more often than not, fail to recognize it as patriarchal injustice because we’re just too damn conditioned to it.

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Even if you don’t want to admit it, you’ll realize there are several situations you have never faced simply because you’re a guy.

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The funny part is, we see sexism around us all day long but fail to recognize it because it’s way too deeply ingrained in our minds.

And that’s exactly what we need to change. But we won’t be able to bring about any change unless we recognize how we treat women different from men.

And this video by Blush for Vivel, might just help you to do that:

 

‘PINK’ Tells Us All That Is Wrong With Our “Society” And You Ought To Watch It

December 2012 saw a big revolution in our country. It saw people’s anger towards lechers. It saw the nation’s unity against rape. But did the 2012 Delhi Gang rape case change anything?

We still wake up to news of rapes almost daily. Some minors, some adults, even some elder citizens are raped every now and then. Someone breaks into a paying guest accommodation but still the girls are taught to stay in and take precaution. Why?

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As the lawyer, Mr Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan), quips in PINK, “We’ve all been going in the wrong direction since forever. We should make sure to keep our boys safe (from ‘provocative’ women) and not the girls.” 

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PINK reiterates the problems in gender inequality and the idea of ‘consent’ in an absolutely impacting way. It tells the same story but in manner that will keep you gripped until the end. It revolves around a sexual harassment case wherein fingers are pointed at the girl’s “questionable character” and how power and influence turn the situation against her.

It brings up a lot of double standards and hypocritical stands prevailing in our “society”. 

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It’s OK for a guy to stay out late, party or have sex with any girl he likes but if a girl does the same, God save her soul. Plus, a usual stranger girl is OK to have sex with but, God forbid, if she turns out to be a sex worker, she immediately needs to be thrown out because you know “ki woh ladki galat hai.”

“Only the men drink. Ek achche ghar ki ladki sharaab nahi peeti (a reputed family’s daughter doesn’t drink). Aur jo aisa karti hain, unke sath aisa he hona chahiye (and whoever does that, they deserve the bad things to happen to them).” 

Well, what about the achche ghar ke ladke?

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An independent working woman is usually looked at as non-ideal. Basically, any woman without her laaj ka gehna is not to be spoken or seen around with.

A girl from North-East? Super! Harass her as much as you want because, who cares?

Consent. What is that? If a ‘forward’ lady chats with you or drinks with you, you know she wants to sleep with you. You know you’ll get it because YOU WANT IT.

And now that you, being a girl, have been out so late and have been drinking, it is all right if someone outraged your modesty because you called for it. Because pubs, roads, cafes, resorts and whatnots are only for men to be chilling at in the night.

It is absolutely OK to keep a check on random girls staying in your locality. It is OK if you keep standing and peeping into their flats because, at the end of the day, you have taken thetheka of keeping your society safe.

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You forget that you’re the peeping into someone else’s house though, but that’s OK, right?

Aside from pointing out all these issues that are plaguing our lives, the film’s plus points are the performances.

Amitabh Bachchan has, as wonted, done a great job as Lawyer Deepak Sehgal. His baritone, facial expressions and contentions make for a great combination. It is he who moves you with the striking realities of life.

Tapsee Pannu successfully brings out the feelings of anxiety and intimidation that the abused Minal Arora goes through.

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Kriti Kulhari’s protrayal of Lucknow girl Falak Ali is on-point. Her enunciation is laudable (read Khan from the epiglottis).

The girl from the North East, Andrea, played by Andrea Taring makes for an eye-opening reality of the racism that the North-Easterns have to continuously put up with.

However Piyush Mishra, unusually, disappoints us with his performance as the over enthusiastic prosecutor Mr Kumar. Certain instances were like Rustom revised.

Moving on, the poem that Amitabh Bachchan recites during the end credits is worth sitting through the credits. It is beautiful, powerful and assertive.

Chunar uda ke dhwaj bana, Gagan bhi kapkapaaega
Agar teri chunar giri toh ek bhookamp aaega
Tu khud ki khoj mein nikal, tu kis liye hataash hai
Tu chal tere wajood ki samay ko bhi talaash hai.”

P. S. The film shows a landlord so surrealistically cool that everyone is gonna covet one like him. Watch to know why. Also, I couldn’t gather much on why PINK is called PINK and it would be a shame if it would have been titled like that because it revolves around girls because Gender stereotypes are a big NO and “no means NO.”