Telangana High Court postpones release of Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Zhund’

The petitioner alleges that Akhilesh Paul cheated him.
The Telangana High Court has stayed the All India release of Amitabh Bachchan’s upcoming film ‘Zhund’. The film will no longer be screened at home or abroad or on any digital platform. The petitioner is Nandi Chinni Kumar, a filmmaker from Hyderabad. According to his claim, he has the exclusive rights to make a film on the life of footballer Akhilesh Paul. Despite this, the film Swarm was produced. The petitioner has also accused Akhilesh Paul of cheating him.

Why Copyright Infringement?
A few years back, Nandi Kumar had bought the rights to make a film on the life of footballer Akhilesh Paul. Akhilesh Paul was the captain of the Indian football team for the 2010 Football World Cup. Nandi Kumar had bought the rights to make a film based on his life. But now that the story has been shown in a film based on the life of Vijay Barse from the herd, the copyright has been violated. The story of famous football coach Vijay Barse was told in the film ‘Zhund’. Vijay Barse had spent his life trying to make a career out of sports for the poor children living in slums. Vijay Barse had made some of the left-leaning children footballers who had been mistreated by the society. Some of those kids even had brilliant performances at the Homeless Football World Cup abroad. Akhilesh Paul is one of them.

The film was to be released in May 2020
The film will also feature Sairat fame duo Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar. The sports drama is co-produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishna Kumar, Raj Hiremath, Savita Raj and Nagraj Manjule. The film was set to release on May 8 before the lockdown. This is his first Hindi film directed by Nagraj Manjule.

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