Rajinikanth shoots down film title bearing his name

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015,21:00 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Chennai | This time, superstar Rajinikanth has used a court to shoot down a film title bearing his name! The ready-to-release Hindi film “Main Hoon Rajinikanth” will now be released soon as “Main Hoon Part-Time Killer.”
It all began with actor Rajinikanth dragging the Mumbai-based film production firm Varsha Productions for having titled the film as “Main Hoon Rajinikanth” and then promoting it as the biopic of the actor.
Noting that the producers had used his name in the title, besides using his style, caricature and pictures in the film without any authorisation, the actor filed a civil suit in the Madras high court seeking to stall the film’s release.
On February 3, the high court stayed its release saying the actor was entitled to safeguard his personality rights, and that the film sought to offend the right to privacy and dignity of the superstar. The film company then filed the present appeal.
On Wednesday, when the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M M Sundresh took up the matter for the hearing, it was informed that a compromise had been struck between the two parties.
In accordance with the compromise, the film producer gave an undertaking to the court stating that it had not put Rajinikanth’s image, caricature and style of delivering dialogues in the film.
The producer also gave a consent for removing the actor’s name from the film’s title. The title would be changed to “Main Hoon Part-Time Killer” or any other title not having the name of Rajinikanth, he said.
Recording the undertaking, the judges made it clear that the word Rajinikanth could not be used in the title. Since the title change would require rectification with the censor board, the producer may approach the board or any other authority, the judges added.
Necessary rectification in the title should be carried out within a period of 10 days, the judges said.

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