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18 Mar

No stay order against release of The Legend of Maula Jatt, producer Ammara Hikmat (re)confirms

The Legend of Maula Jatt

This year’s most awaited film, The Legend of Maula Jatt (TLMJ), is under hot waters. Amidst an on-going legal battle, director-producer of original Maula Jatt (1979), Sarwar Bhatti, has yet again claimed to have obtained a stay order from Lahore High Court against the release of Bilal Lashari’s film.



TLMJ producer Ammara Hikmat has, however, refuted Bhatti’s claim once again.

Read: Mahira Khan talks about Fawad Khan & The Legend of Maula Jatt 

In an exclusive conversation with Something Haute, Ammara has stated that the stay order issued today (Monday) has been misreported by the media and they are not being restrained in any way.

“In no way have we been restrained from releasing our film The Legend of Maula Jatt. The Honourable High Court has merely directed us to not use any unauthorised copyright or trademarks. To this extent, there is no change in the status quo as we are not using any unauthorised copyright or trademarks. We have a valid Copyright Certificate on the script of our film and the Honourable High Court is aware of it.”

 

The Legend of Maula Jatt

Sarwar Bhatti’s post about the LHC stay order

 

Last year, Sarwar filed a lawsuit before the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan’s tribunal (IPO) claiming that Bilal and his team infringed the rights to his film, as he is the legal owner. But the IPO rejected his claims and we exclusively shared the legal document issued by the tribunal back then.

Read: Hamza Ali Abbasi breaks silence on The Legend of Maula Jatt legal battle 

Ammara, who had earlier too negated Bhatti’s claims, further said that he has created unnecessary hue and cry over the matter in an attempt to discredit the hard work of the team.

“Mr Bhatti appears to be misusing the second highest forum for the dispensation of justice in Pakistan to pressurize the team of TLMJ. His malicious intent to mislead the general public is laid bare through such conduct,” she said.

Ammara has urged the media to show restraint in reporting the order issued today as no written document has been released by the court yet. The film, which is slated for an Eidul Fitr release, stars Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi and Humaima Malick in lead roles.

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Ayesha Ghaffar

The author is a Sub-Editor at Something Haute and a fresh Journalism graduate from SZABIST. She is paving the way for her future in the field of media and reporting. When she is not working, she is busy watching Penguin videos and staying away from cats.

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