Gnanavel Raja, relative of actor Suriya and a leading producer, has filed a petition with the High Court of Chennai seeking ban on release of the Hindi remake of the Tamil film ‘Singam’. The film, which has been made in Hindi, stars Ajay Devgn and Kajal Aggarwal in lead roles in roles played by Suriya and Anushka in the Tamil version respectively in that order.
‘Singam’ was produced by Gnanavel Raja. It’s Hindi version is all set to hit the screens country-wide on the 22nd of July. In his petition, Raja has said that the Hindi remake rights was given to Reliance with an understanding that when the shooting of the film is completed and sold to the distributors, 25% of the amount would be paid to him.
The makers of the film, which has been sold at a price of Rs.80 crores in the all India market, should have paid Rs.20 crores (25% of Rs.80 crores) to me, Raja had stated in his petition. “Without bothering to pay me or even inform me about the likely date of making the payment, the producers are making arrangements to release the film.
I, therefore, pray that the release of the film be banned pending clearance of all the payments due to me,” Raja’s petition said. Justice Mr. Ramasubramanian, who took up the case, ordered a show-cause notice to be sent to Reliance to explain why the release of its film shouldn’t be banned.