Chennai, Dec 12 : The Madras High Court on Thursday refused to grant stay to a web series and a biopic on late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Mr Justice Senthil Ramamorrthy passed the order on a petition filed by Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa, seeking to restrain film director Gowtham Vasudeva Menon from releasing his web series 'Queen', based on her aunt’s life, and director A L Vijay from releasing a biopic 'Thalaivi', without her consent.
The court disposed of her plea without acceding to her submission that they should not be allowed to be released without her permission as they would affect her privacy.
While “Queen” was ready for release, 'Thalaivi' was under production. Earlier, the Judge, after hearing elaborate arguments by petitioner’s counsel as well as senior counsel P S Raman, representing 'Thalaivi' producer Vishnu Vardhan Induri, and senior counsel Satish Parasaran, representing Mr Menon, for nearly half a day, yesterday reserved its orders on Ms Deepa's petition.
In a counter affidavit filed through his counsel on record, Vijayan Subramanian, Mr Induri of Hyderabad said 'Thalaivi' was purely based on a book with the same title, authored by Ajayan Bala alias B Balaji. The copyright of the book was now held by Saaransh Media Solutions Private Limited, with which the producer had entered into an agreement.
Submitting that Ms Deepa was not going to figure even in a single scene in the entire movie, Mr Raman said she had absolutely no locus standi to file the civil suit, in the guise of protecting the right to privacy, since she was a “complete stranger” to Jayalalithaa’s life and came into prominence only after the latter’s death.
“Today, she is trying to bask in the glory of her aunt. We have paid Rs 20 lakh to the publisher to obtain the rights to make the movie based on the book. The book has shown Ms Jayalalithaa in good light and I am also going to show her in good light'', he said. On his part, Mr Parasaran submitted that the web series was also being shot on the basis of a book, which was a work of fiction, inspired by the life of the former Chief Minister. (UNI)