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Ajay Devgn Serves Notice To YRF To Stop The Release Of JTHJ Under Competition Law

Discussion in 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' started by raksha anantharam, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. raksha anantharam

    raksha anantharam Well-Known Member

    Ajay Devgn Films (ADF), through their lawyers Naik & Naik have served Yash Raj Films (YRF) a notice in the Competition Commission, for using their dominant position in the Bollywood film market. And, using and abusing their clout to deny ADF their rightful due, for ADF's November 13 Diwali release, "Son Of Sardaar".

    Our sources indicate that the notice was filed on October 18, three days prior to Yash Chopra's demise. But it was apparently served to YRF only last evening.The source says, "ADF was forced to take legal recourse because of monopolistic practices of YRF. Before the release of"Ek Tha Tiger", in August 2012, YRF had reportedly used their dominant position in the market to enter into an arrangement with the exhibitors saying that they will give them"Ek Tha Tiger" only if the exhibitors agreed to reportedly give theirDiwali release prominence over others.''

    Ajay remained unavailable for comment. A copy of the notice is with us. And"Son Of Sardaar" is definitely releasing on November 13, this Diwali.
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  2. Pompula

    Pompula Shahrukh Fan-Girl

  3. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    They wouldn't fishing dare!! :mad:
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  4. raksha anantharam

    raksha anantharam Well-Known Member

    I saw in Zoom.. Ajay Devgn said that when u filed an competition law petition they can't take back.. But, my friends say it's not a thing to worry & just a publicity technique to promote SOS..
  5. Sofie

    Sofie Well-Known Member

    Uff! Have never liked this guy or his films!:mad:
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  6. Prerna Dewan

    Prerna Dewan Well-Known Member

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  7. MaryAnnK

    MaryAnnK Well-Known Member

    "...Our sources indicate that the notice was filed on October 18, three days prior to Yash Chopra's demise. But it was apparently served to YRF only last evening..."

    This would change the meaning of it somewhat if Yash-ji were still living at the time of the issuance. Just doesn't play well now that he is no more!
  8. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    bloated ego & insecurity alert :tsk:
  9. Alenka

    Alenka Well-Known Member

    Well, after this statement Eros and Ajay look like idiots ....
  10. mira_khan

    mira_khan Khan addicted!

    Poor Kajol :(
  11. KKhan

    KKhan Well-Known Member

  12. phul

    phul SRK my heart my soul

    HC asks CCI to decide dispute between Yash Raj, Devgn's firms

    Agencies : New Delhi, Fri Nov 02 2012, 20:29 hrs

    The Delhi High Court today asked the CCI to "expeditiously" decide the complaint of Ajay Devgn Films Private Limited that its Diwali release "Son of Sardar" was not getting enough single-screen theatres as Yash Raj Films has "used its dominant" position for better exhibition of its Shah Rukh Khan's starer "Jab Tak Hai Jaan".
    "The Competition Commission Of India (CCI) should hear and pass the order expeditiously so that it becomes an efficacious order," Justice Rajiv Shakdher said and disposed of the plea of the production house headed by Devgn, who also plays the lead actor in "Son of Sardar".
    The court, however, refused to set a time frame for hearing and the decision on the complaint, saying, "We cannot have a sword hanging over the head of a tribunal."
    The remarks came after senior advocate Rajiv Nayar, appearing for Devgn's firm, said, "Both films are releasing on Diwali on November 13 and some kind of directions are needed (for CCI) as advance booking are to open also."
    Earlier, Ajay Devgn Films had filed a complaint in CCI alleging Yash Raj Films, headed by legendary late Yash Chopra, had used its dominant position which has led to a situation where Devgn's movie are not finding enough single screen theatres.
    "Respondent No 2 (Yash Raj) has already taken a commitment from them (theatre owners) at the time of the release of the respondent's film 'Ek Tha Tiger' that the film 'Ek Tha Tiger' is licensed to them only on the condition that the Yash Raj Film scheduled for Diwali shall also be exhibited by them and that during Diwali of 2012 they should not take up any other film," the petition alleged.
    Ajay Devgn Films, in its plea, had also sought a direction to Yash Raj Films "to desist from compelling the single screen theatre owners to exhibit its film/s without giving fair chance to the other films".
    "Son of Sardar", which also has Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, and Juhi Chawla in the cast and "Jab Tak Hai Jaan", the last movie from Yash Chopra which has Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, are hitting theatres on November 13.
    ... contd.
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  13. Mara

    Mara Well-Known Member

    I wrote and posted this on ToI this morning. I don't think I'm being too negative, am I? :
    "The initials for “Son of Sardar” are prophetic: SOS. (“Save our souls”) With this lawsuit, “Son of Sardar” is sending out an SOS trying to raise sympathy for their mediocre film facing a reasonable discrimination in a market economy where they are in competition with a guaranteed blockbuster- JTKJ. The trailer for SOS looked awful, more of the same old/same old scripts beaten to death with repetition and only some nice song and dance numbers to carry it. Not even a good actor like Devgn can save it. This legal action is such a low blow, I wouldn’t go to see SOS even if it were the only film in the world."
  14. Rayhana

    Rayhana Well-Known Member

    y'know we don't know the ins and outs of the situation so lets not get into protective mode and try to shield Shahrukh as he's not really the one being attacked. For me there is no smoke without fire...why on earth would someone go to this length for no reason?
  15. Mara

    Mara Well-Known Member

    Of course there’s a reason. The producers of SOS genuinely love their film, believe it’s great, and think it should have an equal opportunity in terms of number of screens in theaters against JTHJ. But that’s not how the free market works. People in the industry know how the vast majority of films competing against SRK’s films, even the good ones like “Saawariya”, don’t stand a chance, and lose money for them. Wasting theater space on a potential flop like SOS costs the theaters money. None of them want that. So, instead of letting the market and theater owners decide the number of screens each movie gets, SOS is trying to legislate market economy, legally forcing the theater owners to make equal space for their mediocre movie and lose profits.

    A friend of mine said that India was trying to re-define its values as a nation as it takes its rightful place in a global community.
    Would this be an issue of free market capitalism vs. socialism? It’s been years since I studied Economics in college. Perhaps I’m too biased, having grown up in in a culture of cut throat capitalism.
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  16. Rayhana

    Rayhana Well-Known Member

    hmmm you've got a very good point..
  17. KKhan

    KKhan Well-Known Member

    out of order disgusting behaviour and very cheap promotion
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  18. elimeten

    elimeten Well-Known Member


    Posted Thursday 1st November 2012 from Twitlonger

    YRF statement on Son of Sardar vs Jab Tak Hai Jaan:

    We were indeed quite surprised to receive an intimation from Ajay Devgn Films’ lawyers today saying that they had filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India against YRF, alleging malpractice committed by us in connection with the release of JAB TAK HAI JAAN and thereby affecting the release of Son of Sardar. For a company like ours, which has maintained the highest standards of work ethics and fair play, this has really come as a shock.

    We would like to clarify at the outset that we still haven’t received any notice from the Commission and will suitably represent our stance if and when called upon to do so. Worldwide, as well as in India, distributers often sign deals for their complete annual slate of films to simplify the process. We trust the Competition Commission will also see it as universally acceptable fair business practise.

    As we have mentioned in the past, all the exhibitors, when approached by us earlier this year for booking their theatres, were happy to play out Yashji’s movie considering their long standing and emotional relationship and goodwill with YRF of over 40 years. A Yash Chopra/Shah Rukh Khan movie, coming after a gap of 8 long years, did not need any coercion for contractual screening. Additionally, some exhibitors, who played EK THA TIGER, have chosen not to screen JAB TAK HAI JAAN.

    Interestingly, of the 10500 plus single screens available on an all-India basis, we have booked less than 1500 single screens (an industry norm for an A-lister movie), a fact that has been common knowledge for some time now. If this was an issue, why wasn’t it raised earlier? Why wait till now when both films are nearing release?

    We had announced JAB TAK HAI JAAN would be a Diwali 2012 release as far back as 27th June 2011 and thereafter every press release of ours reiterated this. Given that most big ticket films avoid simultaneous releases, it was odd that Son of Sardar announced their release for the same day almost a year later on 29th May 2012. They were also able to lock their final distribution partner as late as 4th Oct 2012. It would seem odd that they would expect us to wait for our release plans to be put in place till they had finalised theirs!

    It is also unfair to say that we are in any way in a dominant position. While we are releasing just three films this year, the two production houses in question, VIACOM 18 & EROS, who are distributing Son of Sardar, have a combined release strength of almost 27 films in a year.

    Everyone agrees that the festive time of Diwali has space for two simultaneous releases. Give the audience a choice to choose the one they want to watch. Few of the exhibitors have already chosen, on the basis of a business decision, the one they want to exhibit.

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  19. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    These are legal matters: Shah Rukh Khan on Yash Raj-Devgn tussle

    Published: Friday, Nov 2, 2012, 21:50 IST | Updated: Friday, Nov 2, 2012, 21:51 IST
    Place: Mumbai | Agency: IANS

    Shah Rukh Khan
    Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Friday said he was thankful he was not directly involved in legal tussle between producers of Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar.
    He was referring to actor-producer Ajay Devgn sending a legal notice to Yash Raj Films for allegedly asking exhibitors to give prominence to Jab Tak Hain Jaan over Son Of Sardaar.
    "I was reading about it today. There are enough screens. These are all legal matters and thankfully it's not my production company," Shah Rukh told reporters at a press meet on his 47th birthday here.
    "I hope they resolve it and on this Friday both the films do well," he said.
    "I have nothing against anyone. I have no problem with anyone," he said.
    The films are releasing Nov 13.
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  20. semsem008

    semsem008 Well-Known Member

    this is sad.... i dont know about the movie business but as i viewer.... simply i see films getting a very large no of screens for some films
    and less for the others... sometimes very much less... it is not a new matter... films cant be equally distributed i think

    so this is considered to be a very cheap publicity and an act of jealousy and nervousness
    they know from the first place that their competition is going to be very big... much bigger than them

    thanks god it is not a shahrukh production
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