Supreme Court Refuses To Unchain 'Zanjeer Remake'

Apoorva Lakhia's ambitious project, the remake to Zanjeer has landed in trouble once again. Despite the fact that the Bombay High Court had given the go-ahead to the making of Zanjeer remake, the Supreme Court has now restrained the makers from promoting or releasing the film.

The dispute over the remake rights of the hit film rose because of the legal battle between filmmaker Prakash Mehra's sons Amit Mehra, Sumeet Mehra and Puneet Mehra. Adai Mehra productions (AMPL), owned by Amit Mehra, had acquired the rights to remake Zanjeer in Hindi and Telegu from Prakash Mehra Productions (PMP), in which the three Mehra brothers are owners. PMP claimed to be the owner of all rights of Zanjeer. However, when writer-duo Salim-Javed  made a claim that they were the owners of the copyright of the script, Amit Mehra asked Prakash Mehra Productions to clear the issue first and stopped making payments, which resulted in Prakash Mehra Productions terminating the contract granting the remake rights.

Though the High Court had set aside an interim order passed by an arbitrator restraining Amit Mehra from remaking the film, the Court has also referred the matter back to the arbitrator with a direction to decide the issue finally. However, sources claim that when the matter went to the Supreme Court recently, the Court restrained Amit from promoting and releasing the film till the arbitrator decides the issue.

Zanjeer remake stars South star Ram Charan Teja, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Mahie Gill and Prakash Raj. The film deals with an upright cop's struggle against the oil mafia.