Bollywood director Prakash Jha and his production company have landed in trouble yet again for Jai Gangaajal. Earlier, the movie was in controversy because Play Entertainment, who are the co-producers of the film, had filed a police complaint against director Prakash Jha, for alleged fraud and cheating. Now, the director has been served another legal notice because of the Priyanka Chopra starrer film. Phantom Films, which is Anurag Kashyap’s production house, has accused the filmmaker of making the sequel without having the rights!
Prakash Jha Accused By Phantom Films
Phantom Films, co-owned by Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, and Madhu Mantena, along with Kashyap, have claimed that they own the intellectual property rights of the original film, Gangaajal, starring Ajay Devgan. The right to make the sequel of the 2003 film, which was directed and produced by Prakash Jha, now lies with Phantom Films.
Anurag Kashyap has slapped a notice of Rs. 1 crore on Jha Production, which is Prakash Jha’s production house. Kashyap claims that since the film has already been released in March this year, the intellectual property rights have already been violated. Hence, Jha will have to pay a compensation of the aforementioned amount in the next 7 days, failing which Phantom Films will go to court with the matter.
According to sources, Prakash Jha had sold off the rights of Gangaajal and Jai Gangaajal to Phantom Films. Since, he had already taken money in against of the rights, he does not hold the ownership of the sequel. Apparently, the matter began when Play Entertainment, the co-producers of Jai Gangaajal, put up an advertisement in a trade magazine. The advertisement stated that if nobody turned up to own the rights of Jai Gangaajal, then it will be assumed that Play Entertainment has the ownership of the film. However, the media still has to hear what Prakash Jha has to say about this heated issue regarding the possession of the film.