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Bharati Dubey & S Ahmed Ali I TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; September 24, 2009)

Mumbai: UTV software and communications, producers of the film What’s Your Raashee? has demanded a compensation of Rs 50 crore each from Adlabs Films Limited and UFO moviez for ‘abetting piracy and infringement of copyright’. Both the parties have been asked to pay up within 7 days.

The masterprint of Ashutosh Gowariker’s yet to be released What’s Your Raashee? was stolen from Adlabs on Monday evening. UTV
in its notice to Adlabs mentioned that in violation of the agreement, the masterprint of the film had been illegally copied on the Adlabs premises and sold to persons engaged in piracy, causing huge damage. The notice also alleged that the illegal activity was possible because of some highly-placed persons employed by Adlabs who gained access to the prints and made copies of it.

In its notice to UFO moviez, the producers alleged that UFO employee Rajesh Chowdhry arrested in the case has also confessed to piracy of the film Aage Se Right. “It is apparent that the entire illegal piracy racket has been able to continue unchecked on UFO premises and that their security system does not provide adequate protection,’’ the notice said. UFO has sacked Chowdhry but officials said that Aage Se Right was not released on the UFO platform.

UTV has also written to all producers and distributors’ bodies to send showcause notices to Adlabs and UFO moviez. Also, a film delegation including producer Mahesh Bhatt, senior vice-president of AMPTPP Vikas Mohan, Yash Chopra, Ratan Jain and Mukesh Bhatt will be meeting joint commissioner Rakesh Maria on Thursday.

Meanwhile, two more officials of two private companies, Neerav Shah (30), the manager of Reliance Big Pictures (overseas distributions) and Nagda Kalapi (29), the head
of the overseas distribution of Shemaroo pictures, were arrested in the case. Kalapi and Shah get a ‘benefit’ of Rs 35,000 to 50,000 per film, said senior inspector Ansar Peerzade. A video-piracy racket was busted on Sunday. Ashraf Hussain alias Afsar, Feroz Khan and Aman Tanzeem Sayyed were arrested in the case. Their interrogation helped the police arrest Durgadas Bhakta, manager, business development of Adlabs and Chowdhry.

An Adlabs spokesperson said, “The incident in connection with What’s Your Raashee is not attributable to us in any manner. The film prints are recorded under the best possible security measures.’’ A UFO spokesperson Charu Sacham said that the company has communicated separately with the producers’ fraternity and assured them that their business interests and intellectual property are of paramount importance.

By indiaabroad
Monday Apr 27 11:50 AM

Bangalore, April 27 (IANS) Bollywood’s flamboyant actor-producer-director Feroz Khan, known for blockbusters like ‘Qurbani’ and ‘Dharmatma’, passed away at his farmhouse here after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 69.

Feroz Khan, who died late Sunday, will be buried at the Johnson Market burial ground at 5.30 p.m. Monday, his younger brother Sanjay Khan said.

Sanjay told media that the funeral procession would be taken out from his brother’s farmhouse to the Johnson Market Graveyard in the evening.

He is survived by son, actor Fardeen Khan and daughter Laila. Fardeen Khan is married to Natasha Madhwani, daughter of yesteryear actress Mumtaz who had played lead roles in many of his films.

Feroz Khan, who was last seen in the 2007 comedy ‘Welcome’, had divorced his wife Sundari 24 years ago.

The filmmaker, who was known to have led a quiet and simple life in Bangalore, had been battling cancer for the past one year and was under treatment in a Mumbai hospital. Family sources said his death was not ‘unexpected’ as his health had been falling steeply.

Family sources said actor Hrithik Roshan, who is married to Sanjay Khan’s daughter, and his filmmaker father Rakesh Roshan were expected to arrive here to pay their last respects to the director.

The actor, who was born in Bangalore on Sep 25, 1939, died at his farmhouse on Tumkur Road here.

The actor did his schooling in Bangalore after which he went to Mumbai to pursue a career in Bollywood.

He acted in popular films like ‘Arzoo’, ‘Aurat’ and ‘Safar’ as well as played important roles in his own directorial ventures ‘Qurbani’ and ‘Dharmatma’. He won a Filmfare award for best supporting role in ‘Aadmi Aur Insaan’ in 1970 and was honoured with the lifetime achievement award in 2000.

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