Farah Khan & Rohit Shetty in legal battle over ‘Satte Pe Satta’ rights?

Sahar Junejo



Farah Khan and Rohit Shetty’s collaboration has created a lot of excitement amongst moviegoers, but the filmmakers may have to let go of their plans to remake ‘Satte Pe Satta’ (1982), as they have not officially acquired the rights to remaking the film yet.

The matter is currently being settled in court. While the remake rights are with Raj N Sippy, a previously planned remake has made the issue more complicated. Eight years ago, Sanjay Dutt, Ashtavinayak Productions and director Soham Shah wanted to bring the story of ‘Satte Pe Satta’ back for a new audience. The plans fell through, but he still owns partial remake rights to the film.

However, Khan and Shetty might still have a loophole. According to a trade analyst, “The original ‘Satte Pe Satta’ directed by Raj N Sippy itself was an unauthorised remake of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, which was made in 1954. If producer Rohit Shetty and director Farah Khan can prove that their film is not a remake of ‘Satte Pe Satta’ but of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, they need not take any rights from anyone as the content comes in public domain after 60 years. But if she keeps saying that it is a remake of ‘Satte Pe Satta’ and they do not have the remake rights, there will be an issue,” Asian Age reported.

The project is still in its early stages, but has been a dream of Khan’s for the past six years.