Back in 2007 we saw the release of the Ram Gopal Varma directed remake of the cult classic Sholay in the form of RGV Ki Aag. Now years on we learn that the Delhi High Court has slapped the director with a fine of Rs. 10 lakhs for intentionally and deliberately developing a remake of the 1975 film without permission, effectively violating the exclusive copyright vested with its director Ramesh Sippy.
Imposing the fine as 'punitive damages' on Varma, his production house RGV Productions Pvt Ltd, Varma Corporation Ltd and Madhu Varma while further restraining them from using any character like Gabbar or Gabbar Singh in the original film. Further in its ruling by Justice Manmohan Singh the Delhi HC ruled that the use of a similar plot and characters coupled with use of the underlying music, lyrics and background score and even dialogues from the original film amounts to infringement of copyright.