Tamil film ‘Thaana Serndha Koottam’ in a legal soup due to copyright infringement suit filed by Staar Movies before the Madras High Court

Staar Movies has filed an appeal before the Madras High Court to restrain makers of Tamil film ‘Thaanaa Serndha Kootam’, starring popular film star Suriya, from releasing the movie. The firm has sought to restrain makers of the film from releasing the film scheduled to hit theatres on January 12, before settling a dispute over remake rights. Staar Movies had acquired the remake rights in in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada  languages of the 2013 hit Hindi film ‘Special 26’ from Viacom 18 which owns the rights of the said film. In September 2016, Staar Movies assigned the right to remake the film in Tamil to RPP Film factory. However, they failed to produce the remake within the stipulated one year period. Staar Movies has contended that they subsequently came to know that Studio Green was making the Tamil version, with Suriya in the lead role. They then approached Madras High Court, alleging that the remake was being made without their consent. However, a single judge, pointing out that the petitioner has approached the court at the 11th hour, seeking an injunction against the release, dismissed the suit. Staar Movies has now filed an appeal against the single judge order.