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SpicyIP Tidbit: Shruti Hassan contemplating legal action for dubbing her film D-Day into Tamil without her consent

shrutiShruti Hassan, who played the role of a Karachi call girl in the controversial film D-day directed by Nikhil Advani has stated that she is contemplating legal action. This decision of Ms. Hassan came into the public domain through an official press release by her in which she stated that the dubbing of D-day into Tamil as Dawood constitutes a clear breach of contract as it was done without her consent or approval. She has also disassociated herself from the Tamil version of the movie. While the producers usually retain dubbing rights in a movie in accordance with industry practices, it remains to be seen whether Ms. Hassan’s contract required her consent to be taken before dubbing the film into another language. The industry’s take on this issue can be seen here.

L. Gopika Murthy

Gopika is a fourth year student at National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She was formerly the Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology. Her first exposure to Intellectual property law and SpicyIP was through the University Moot Rounds at NLSIU, Bangalore in her first year. She has been regularly following the developments in the field of IPR since then and she hopes to contribute to the reporting of such developments. Her areas of interest in IP include copyrights, open access, fair dealing and trademarks.

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