25 February, 2021

Vidhu Vinod Chopra

The producer gets a court injunction to protect the rights of a forthcoming film

Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Why have you chosen the legal option?
Because there was no other. If films like Duplicate, Dil To Pagal Hai and Titanic are being shown with impunity on cable, we believe our film doesn't stand a chance.

After the court injunction what next?
We're not pleading for any favours. We're simply saying that this is the injunction and if the administration can't implement it, it deserves to go.

Did over-exposure of 1942-A Love Story force you to take such measures?
Yes. From the day of its release 1942-A Love Story was over-exposed on cable TV, to the extent that it appeared as full-fledged shows.

Wouldn't this antagonise cablewallahs—Citicable and IndusInd Media?
Why would this antagonise them? Unless they want to carry on doing illegal work.

How much loss has been borne by film-makers over the failure to protect intellectual property rights?
Hundreds of crores. Nobody would know the exact figure, but the fact is that people wait for new movies to appear on cable.

How many other...

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