[Exclusive]: Thrissur court grants injunction against release of Karwaan

A Thrissur district court has granted an interim injunction against the release of the Hindi movie Karwaan.

Karwaan was set to hit the screens tomorrow. The fourth Additional District Judge KR Madhukar passed the order under Section 68 of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957.

The petition was filed by award-winning Malayalam filmmaker Sanju Surendran, who claimed that the there were a number of similarities in “characters, location, subject, treatment and object”, between Karwaanand a Malayalam film made by him, namely Aedan.

Surendran was represented by advocates Suhood TS and Nabeel Manaf, of the commercial law firm Armour and Sword Legal Associates.

It was argued that if the matter was delayed by notice and Karwaan was released as per schedule, it would cause irreparable damage to the petitioner, whose copyright had been infringed.

The respondents, including prominent filmmaker Ronnie Screwvaladid not enter an appearance.

The Court granted the interim injunction while agreeing with the petitioners’ contention. The judge also held that on balance of convenience, it was reasonable to restrain the respondents from releasing the film or engaging in any publicity which gave the story of the film away, either by way of trailers or posters.

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