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SC Grants Stay in the Matter of Veere Di Wedding vs Veere Ki Wedding

The dispute arose when the Indian Motion Pictures Producer Association granted registration to the title Veere Ki Wedding for a film but the similar title to this Veere Di Wedding which was already registered by the AKFC with the Indian Film and Television Producers Council
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Chief Justice Dipak Mishra and Justice A.M.Khanwilkar on hearing the transfer petition filed by the Anil Kapoor Film Company (AKFC) has stayed the proceedings in the matter of Make My Day Entertainment vs Anil Kapoor Film Co Pvt Ltd and ors  pending before the senior civil judge,rohtak.

The dispute arose when the Indian Motion Picture’s Producer Association (IMPPA) granted registration to the title Veere Ki Wedding for a film but the similar title to this - Veere Di Wedding which was already registered by the AKFC with the Indian Film and Television Producers Council (IFTPC).

Initially, a petition was filed by the AKFC in the Bombay High Court against the Make My Day Entertainment for adopting a deceptively similar title as their film. However, Justice GS Patel who was hearing this petition refused to grant any interim relief to AKFC in its order dated 4 May, 2017. The appeal against the said order by the AKFC which is sub-judice.

In the midst of all this Make My Day Entertainment filed a petition for passing-off of their film title against the AKFC before the Senior Civil Judge, Rohtak.  In furtherance of the said petition the AKFC has filed the present transfer petition before the Supreme Court for transferring the case from Rohtak to Bombay High Court. The transfer is sought on the ground that the petition filed by Make My Day Entertainment in Rohtak is abuse of law and is just a method of harass them and there is no bonafide trial against the AKFC.

The court on hearing the submissions on behalf of AKFC stayed the proceeding in the Rohtak court in the said matter by issuing a notice and adjourned the matter for further hearing till November 20.

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Reviewed by:
Mehak Sharma
Published on 4th Nov, 2017
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