The Randeep Hooda starrer 'Swatantra Veer Savarkar lands in legal trouble as Anand Pandit and Sandeep Singh allege Randeep Hooda took away the film’s footage without permission
Last Updated: 01.13 PM, Aug 04, 2023
Ever since the time the Randeep Hooda starrer ‘Swatantra Veer Savarkar’ had got announced, it has been making news for many reasons than one. Despite the initial hiccups, a few days ago, a visibly satisfied and happy Randeep Hooda took to social media and announced the completion of the film ‘Swatantra Veer Savarkar’, in which he plays the titular role. In his post, Randeep expressed a heartfelt message that was in addition to a montage from the film's sets, in which he thanked the whole team for their support.
Today, a news broke out in the media that, Randeep Hooda has put up a notice on a trade website claiming his company ‘Randeep Hooda Films’ as the sole owner of all the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the biopic. Besides this, Randeep Hooda has also sent a legal notice to Anand Pandit and Sandeep Singh. As per a report in Bollywood Hungama, Randeep Hooda’s legal consultant Karan Halai of M/s Halai and Co shared a statement with them stating, “Randeep Hooda under his banner Randeep Hooda Films has successfully written, produced, directed and completed the film based on Veer Savarkar despite all odds by facing various challenges coming his way including financial, mental and physical. He, with his utmost dedication (and) perseverance and aim of paying respect to the real hero i.e. the main character of the film, has thwarted obstructions created by other entities bent upon disrupting the making of the film, also attempting to infringe on his legal rights. He has faced grave agony and losses including risk to his life as one would be able to see the unprecedented weight loss he undertook and consequent risk of life so as to get in and fit appropriately in the main character of the film i.e. Veer Savarkar and attempt to do complete justice to the role he played. He is the sole owner of all the intellectual property rights of the said film and legally speaking, on a strong footing with all his legal options, open to ensure the timely release of the film which we are sure would be awaited keenly by public to get the real feel of one of our freedom struggle’s biggest hero of the times."
Meanwhile, Adv. Ravi Suryawanshi, Managing Partner of “Bar & Brief Attorneys”, who happen to be the legal consultants of Sandeep Singh and Legend Studios Private Limited, the joint producer of the film 'Swatantrya Veer Savarkar' ('said Film'), alongwith M/s Anand Pandit Motion Pictures LLP. (i.e. both being 50:50 IPR owners) of the said film, when asked about the claims made by Mr. Randeep Hooda that his banner 'Randeep Hooda Films LLP' is the sole owner of all the Intellectual Property Rights of the said Film; has to state as under (as per a statement issued to the media).
It stated, “Our Client M/s Legend Studios Private Limited, alongwith M/s Anand Pandit Motion Pictures LLP. are the exclusive joint producers and owners of the entire 100% Intellectual Property Rights and exploitation rights of the film “Swatantrya Veer Savarkar” (“said Film”). Our client is utterly shocked and surprised with the false and baseless claims made by Mr. Randeep Hooda about the ownership of the Intellectual Property Rights of the said Film. The producers M/s Legend Studios Private Limited, alongwith M/s Anand Pandit Motion Pictures LLP. have signed Mr. Randeep Hooda as an actor of the said Film. Therefore, the claim made by him has come as a shock to them and the producers are in the process of taking appropriate legal action (both civil and criminal) against Mr. Randeep Hooda.”
Watch this space for developments.