I, Karthik Subbaraj extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the press and media for their continuous support in all my ventures. My second feature flm, JIGARTHANDA, which is declared hit from both viewers side and critics side. The main reason is all your positive reviews in the press and media. Today, I would bring into your attention about a glitch in selling the remake rights of the movie by Producer Mr. S. Kathiresan. As per the contract I signed for the movie, it was assured that I will be given 40% of the revenue generated through selling the Hindi language remake rights. It recently came to my attention that Mr. Kathiresan had tried to seal the deal without my knowledge.
I fled a complaint with Tamil Nadu Film Director’s Union on this issue and through the union we conducted several meetings with members of the Producer’s Council to settle the issue amicably within four doors. unfortunately, there is no such intention showed from Mr. S. Kathiresan to settle the issue. At last, As per the instructions from director’s union I had to take last resort of going to our judicial system to seek justice. Following which, i fled a case in Madras High Court and now the court has issued Stay Order in selling the remake rights of the movie.The following is the note I got from my lawyer which i’m giving for the press perusal.
“Madras High Court on 21st May 2015 stayed the remake of multi-crore blockbuster hit Tamil film Jigarthanda directed and written by Director Karthik Subbaraj and starring Siddarth and Lakshmi Menon. The stay has been granted until 11th June 2015 on a petition by Karthik Subbaraj alleging violation of agreement and copyright infringement by the producer Five Star Films pvt. Ltd. Represented by S.Kathiresan Justice R Mahadevan granted the interim injunction on a petition by Karthik Subbaraj alleging breach of payment terms and other contractual obligations by the producer resulting in copyright violation of Karthik Subbaraj, who is the Director and Story writer of the film.
The judge restrained the producer Five Star Films, from in any manner infringing Karthik Subbaraj’s copyright in the film, by in any manner, selling, adverting and offering to sell the remake rights in any language including Hindi language tlll June 11. He issued notice to the producer and directed them to file their response by then”
Once again, I express my heartfelt gratitude to press and request them to stand by fair view on the above issue and support me in this cause.