Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd approached HC last week to seek an order banning Panorama Studios International from producing a sequel to the film in Hindi.
Viacom, in its lawsuit, alleged an infringement of their copyrights and sought recognition and award of copyright and other rights in the production of the sequel to the “Drishyam franchise,” which includes a film on the continuation of the previous story.
Viacom also filed a request for interim injunctive relief which was heard by Judge Gautam Patel on Wednesday.
“The statement is that the defendants (Panorama) will not begin by themselves or through any other person with whom they may have a contract or agreement, the shooting of the film in question, that is to say a sequel to the movie Drishyam, âthe Ordinance says.
The production house also accepts that if they undertake any preparatory work, such as the development of a treatment, script, screenplay or dialogue, it will be at their own risk and that they will not have the right to claim actions on this basis in the future, further noted the HC.
The court posted the suit for a new hearing on June 18.
Viacom, in its lawsuit, said it signed a remake rights agreement with Wide Angle Creations and Raj Kumar Theaters Pvt Ltd whereby it held the copyright to produce new films by adapting the movie “Drishyam”.
In 2017, Panorama Studios approached Viacom to seek to produce the prequel or sequel to the film, but the proposal did not work due to a disagreement over terms.
Later, Viacom learned that Panorama had acquired the rights to remake the sequel to the film, after which she approached HC.