The remake rights of Kamal Haasan’s Hey Ram has been acquired by Shah Rukh Khan, in which he had a cameo role. The movie was released in 2000, was written, directed and produced by Kamal Haasan. The movie incorporated several controversial incidents from Indian history like the destruction of Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, the Partition of India and Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. Shah Rukh played the role of Amjad Ali, a friend of Saket Ram (played by Kamal Haasan), for which he was paid with a wristwatch by Kamal Haasan.
Kamal Haasan in an interview said that he is glad that Shah Rukh Khan got the Hindi rights of the movie from co-producer Bharat Shah. Kamal Haasan and Shah Rukh Khan met recently in a film seminar. There Kamal Haasan met Inception director, Christopher Nolan and gave him a digital copy of Hey Ram.
Acquiring copyright is important in case of any kind of remake of any film. Before the remake of any old movie, it is important to secure the rights.
- It involves only a small part of the movie budget
- It secures from potential litigation later on
- It is a respect to the creator for the creation
- It is recommended to procure the adaption or remake rights at the stage of pre-production.
If no copyright is acquired, and an old film is remade, then the copyright infringer shall be liable to pay the profit made from such remake to the original creator of it. Thus it is recommended to acquire the copyright to remake.
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