The Delhi High Court on Thursday declined to stay the release of the film ‘The White Tiger’ on Netflix. A petition was filed against the release by Hollywood producer John Hart Jr who alleged that there has been copyright violation. The film is an adaptation of Arvind Adiga’s book The White Tiger.
After hearing the plea, Justice C Hari Shankar dismissed the stay application stating there no reason has been shown to approach the court less than 24 hours before release of the film. The matter was heard for over two hours by the court which summoned the film’s producer Mukul Deora and Netflix.
The court said, “It is not possible for this court to come to the finding, based on the material on record, that by making and releasing the film, the defendants have indulged in copyright infringement.” The court said Mukul Deora and Netflix are allowed to release the film but they have been asked to keep the detailed accounts of the film so that if in future, Hart Jr succeeds, the court can decide on the monetary compensation.
Hart Jr’s advocate Kapil Sankhla told reporters that a literary auction agreement was signed between the Hollywood producer and the author of the book in March 2009. Hart wished to make a film by adapting the book for Hollywood. He added that the complainant in 2019 got to know that Netflix was releasing the film.
The White Tiger stars Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao and debutante Adarsh Gourav.