Panorama Studios International, which had acquired the rights to the Hindi remake of the Malayalam hit film Drishyam 2, has now assured the Bombay High Court that filming will not begin until the copyright suit filed against it is resolved. Panorama Studios International was barred from making any sequels of the Hindi language film by Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd, which had filed a restraining order with the High Court.
Viacom filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement and seeking acknowledgment and adjudication of copyright and other rights in the making of the Drishyam sequel, which includes a film that continues the plot from the previous film.
“The argument is that the defendants (Panorama) will not begin shooting of the film in question, i.e. a sequel to the film Drishyam, themselves or through some other person with whom they might have a contract or agreement,” the HC responded in its order.
The HC also stated that if the production house does any pre-production work, such as writing the script, screenplays, or dialogue, they do so at their own risk and would not be entitled to any potential equities based on that work.
Drishyam, a remake of the Malayalam film of the same name released in 2013, was a huge success in 2015. Ajay Devgn, Tabu, and Shriya Saran starred in the film. The film’s Malayalam sequel was released in February of this year and was a major blockbuster theatrical success.