Just when it seemed all set and ready for team Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare ahead of the much-awaited theatrical release, a hurdle sprung up from out of nowhere. Popular Kannada actress and former member of parliament, Ramya, has issued a legal notice to the team alleging an unauthorized usage of video clips of hers in both the trailer and the full-length film.
Ramya, through her legal team, has also directed the team of Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare to pay damages of Rs. 1 crore for the "damages suffered" to date and also "refund the legal fees incurred" by her.
The injunction order also mandates the team to take down the trailer from the public domain which, allegedly, contains unauthorised clips/scenes of the Plaintiff. It also includes:
"Permanent injunction restraining the Defendants, their assigns, representatives, directors, principal officers, successors-in-business, servants, agents, distributors, advertisers anyone claiming through or under them, from in any manner using the Plaintif's name/ image/ video clips in the forthcoming project/film titled 'Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare or in any of the forthcoming projects/ films in any manner whatsoever."
Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare is scheduled to release in theatres on July 21 amid great anticipation. The film, a campus comedy, has attracted a lot of praise and curiosity from Kannada audiences for its enterprising setup and the inventive manner in which it has been promoted so far. Over the past several months, the team has released a number of promos that come in collaboration with several reputed actors in the Kannada Film Industry, including Ramya, Kiccha Sudeep, Puneeth Rajkumar, Rakshit Shetty and others. The promotional video featuring Ramya became an instant hit on the internet.
Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare is produced by Nithin Krishnamurthy (also director), Varun Gowda, Pradeep BP (also actor) and Arvind Kashyap (cinematographer).