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MUMBAI:Ramesh Sippy, who produced the 1975 blockbuster and had moved the Supreme Court for a ban on the release of Sholay 3D because of copyright violations, withdrew his petition as it became `infrutuous’ after the film’s release on Friday.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam allowed him to withdraw the petition. But he allowed to seek damages through a separate civil suit for other copyright violations of Sholay. The court has asked the producers of Sholay 3D to keep accounts of proceeds from its screening.
Earlier, the Bombay High Court had refused to stay the release of Sholay 3D which has been produced by Sippy’s nephew Sasha who is his brother Vijay Sippy’s son.
Sasha says since Sippy never claimed copyrights over Sholay he has now no right to oppose the production and release of Sholay 3D.
Sasha has also argued that when he and other members of the Sippy family formed Sholay Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd in 2000, the new company received copyrights of Sholay through a gift deed from Sippy Films Pvt Ltd.