Bilal Lashari’s The Legend of Maula Jatt is still battling a legal case and it seems like respite is not near.
The Lahore High Court on Wednesday admitted the petition filed by Mohammad Sarwar Bhatti of Bahoo Film Corporation, the producer of the original 1979 Punjabi film Maula Jatt, for what he called Lashari’s allegedly unauthorised and illegal usage of the title, script, characters, dialogue, poetry, music of the original Maula Jatt.
In the petition, the applicant claims that Lashari’s film is an illegal remake as it was made without the permission of the original’s producer. Bhatti contends that Lashari and others involved are infringing on his legal rights.
Furthermore, Bhatti has urged the court to suspend what he called illegally issued censor certificates for Lashari’s remake.
The court has set April 25 as the hearing date for Bhatti’s petition.
Earlier in March, the Lahore High Court had stayed the unauthorised use of the title of the film Maula Jatt, and dialogues, characters, making/shooting and exhibition of work identical to the movie.
Bhatti’s counsel Ahsan Masood had at the time argued that the petitioner possessed the rights in relation to the movie, including the title and cinematographic works, and the censorship certificate was also issued by the censor board in the name of the petitioner as producer.
Masood had said that the respondent producer and his team were making The Legend of Maula Jatt having same dialogues, characters and script of the 1979 film, which under the law they were not entitled to do.
However, at the time Barrister Ahmad Pansota and another counsel for the respondents had argued that they were not using any unauthorised copyright or trademarks, anyway. They said their clients had a valid copyright certificate on the script for The Legend of Maula Jatt.