If news is to be believed, the Indian film department of Warner Brothers Pictures has filed an injunction against Kumar Mangat to the Bombay High court claiming that they hold the rights for his forthcoming film ‘Guest iin London’, as it’s the sequel to their 2010 film ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge’.
According to Ahmedabad Mirror, a source was reported stating, “The original was a sleeper hit and recovered more than double its investment and the idea of a sequel had cropped up then. Kumar Mangat was keen on it and the studio was in talks with him. Then, last year, ‘Atithi iin London’ was announced even though the makers didn’t have any rights.”
They went on to add, “The rights to a prequel, sequel, adaptation and remake all are with Warner Bros., the primary presenters and distributors of the original. As a damage control measure they changed the title from ‘Atithi in London’ to ‘Guest iin London’ and claim that their film has nothing to do with the original. But the story is in exact continuation with the franchise theme.”
The source went on to explain how the sequel film includes the gag of the prequels sound bite phrase ‘Athithi Tum Kab Jaoge’. The report also goes on to state how there has already been a hearing, with the legal team from Warner Brothers and Mangat’s lawyers.
Also a part of the production team is Mangat’s son Abhishek Pathak, who expressed when contacted, “Warner Bros. has filed a false injunction seeking a stay order on the release of ‘Guest iin London’ without our consent. No relief was granted on Monday.”
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