Filmmaker J.P. Dutta’s ambitious plan to make a sequel to 1997 hit Border has stalled due a legal issue of copyrights violations.
However, now we hear that the producer of Border, Bharat Shah has filed a legal case against Dutta claiming that his company is the world right holders and are lawful owners of all the copyrights in respect of the film.
Border is based on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. J. P. Dutta directed and produced this war epic which stars Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles.
The film is an adaptation from real life events that happened at the Battle of Longewala during the War of 1971 and the Bangladesh Liberation War.
The film was screened retrospective on August 13th 2016 at the Independence Day Film Festival jointly presented by the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals and Ministry of Defence, commemorating 70th Indian Independence Day.
Bharat Shah says, “Yes we have issued a legal notice to J.P. Dutta since there is already a case against him pending in the High Court that we had filed earlier for non-payment.”
Detailing the case Shah adds, “Border that released in 1997 went on to become a superhit and Dutta was supposed to share a part of the profits made from the film with us. However, he has refused to honour this and continues to turn a blind eye on the case.”
Further talking about the sequel to the film, Shah asserts, “We have the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the film (Border) and have filed a suit against Dutta in the Bombay High Court in respect of this.”
Owing to this legal dispute Dutta’s plans to launch his daughter Nidhi Dutta with Border 2 seem to be in limbo till the case is resolved.
J.P. Dutta remained unavailable for comment. – CINEWS