Neerja Bhanot’s family are stuck in the legal conflict with the producer of the movie Neerja. Bhanot’s are facing tough situation after almost a year later the movie Neerja was released.
Although, the Sonam Kapoor starer biopic Neerja had won many accolades and awards including the National Awards but its producer has now fallen into a row with the Bhanot family on whom the film is based on. Bling Entertainment Solutions Ltd. is the producer of the movie Neerja and is accused of breaching the contract with the family of Neerja Bhanot.
Reason for legal tussle between Neerja Bhanot’s family and the producer of Neerja movie
In the film, Sonam Kapoor had played Neerja Bhanot, a purser of PanAm flight who was gunned down by the hijackers on board in 1986. She laid her life while saving other passengers on the flight. The Bhanot family has accused the producer of the film Neerja, Bling Entertainment Solutions Ltd of not rendering the 10% royalty of the movie as and what promised to them. But the Bhanot’s were given a small amount from the net profit of the movie.
Bhanot’s legal move
Last year released movie Neerja made it to the Rs 100 crore club because of the heroic story of Neerja Bhanot. The producer of the film had signed an agreement with Neerja’s mother Late Rama Bhanot to make a movie on her daughters life and death. But the family is now disappointed by the filmmakers who are not giving them their share of profit from the movie. Now, the Bhanot family has approached the Punjab & Haryana High Court in Chandigarh with a plea to take certain action against the producers.
Co-producer of the movie Neerja
Apart from Bling Entertainment Solutions Ltd, Fox Star is the co- producer of the movie Neerja and Vijay Singh, CEO, FoxStar India had even collected the National Award as the producer of the film. The family had last year tried to resolve the matter out of the court with mutual consent but ended up with no positive results. The family had planned to use the royalty money from the film Neerja into a noble cause just like they had done it in the past with the insurance money of their daughter.
Let’s see how will this legal conflict shapes up in the future for both the Neerja Bhanot’s family and the producers of the movie.
Source: India Today
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