The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking a ban on Mersal title.
The Madras High Court on Friday vacated the order of interim injunction granted by it on September 22 restraining Thenandal Studios from using the title, Mersal , for actor Vijay’s upcoming movie.
Justice Anita Sumanth vacated her interim order after agreeing with the production house that there was no illegality in using the title as alleged by A. Rajendran of Film Factori, another production house.The court orders came after the producer named A Rajendran had approached the court citing that he registered the title Merrasalaitan in the film chamber in 2014 and the shooting of the movie is in progress and he sought a permanent injunction restraining the makers of Mersal and the people associated with Vijay’s film from passing the title of the film.
Mr. Rajendran had contended to have registered a similar title, Merrasalaitan, as well as Naan Merrasalaitan, with the Tamil Film Producers Council in 2015. He also claimed to have been renewing the registration every year after the payment of necessary charges. In Mersal, Vijay will be seen playing a panchayat head, a doctor and a magician. The film, which also stars Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nithya Menen, marks the second collaboration of Atlee and Vijay. Produced by Sri Thenandal Studios, the film has music by AR Rahman and also stars SJ Suryah in a key role.
In his affidavit, Mr. Rajendran said that he had selected the title, Merrasalaitan, in 2015 for launching his son as a hero in the film industry.