Sonakshi Sinha’s upcoming film Khandaani Shafakhana ran into a bit of a trouble before its release. Yesterday, we reported that a Delhi sexologist Dr Vijay Abbott has filed a stay order suit in High Court demanding a clamp on the movie's release. He raised the dispute against unauthorized and illegal use of his father's well-reputed trademark Khandaani Shafakhana and wrote to the Censor Board to not grant a Censor Certificate to the film.
Now, in a recent development to the film, the Delhi High Court asked Super Cassettes Pvt Ltd to hold a special screening of the film Khandaani Shafakhana for the sexologist before it hits the screens. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked the makers to show the film to the sexologist on July 26 to address his apprehensions and a hearing has been held on July 29. The court was of the view that no damage has been caused to Vijay Abbott’s reputation and was also of the view that there has been no infringement of any trademark as claimed by the sexologist. It was found that the registration of the trademark Khandaani Shafakhana had actually lapsed in 2010 and was not in being since 2001.
Despite the high court’s direction to screen Khandaani Shafakhana for Abbott, Super Cassettes was initially hesitant to hold the private screening before the release. They said it could lead to litigants demanding to view the movie in all such future cases and instead suggested showing the film to Justice Endlaw alone. However, the court was not in favour of this and so the makers had to agree to hold a screening of the film on July 26. The film, which stars Sonakshi Sinha in the lead is set to hit the theatres on August 2.
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