Legal cases against The Legend Of Maula Jatt withdrawn by original Maula Jatt's producer

Maula Jatt is one of the most commercially successful films to come out of Pakistan

01:33 PM | 11 Feb, 2020
Legal cases against The Legend Of Maula Jatt withdrawn by original Maula Jatt's producer

LAHORE - The Legend of Maula Jatt has finally been free from all the legal entanglement after Sarwer Bhatti, the producer of the original film withdrew all cases. Bhatti has denied all rumours of a financial settlement between himself and the producers of the film.

Bhatti instead attributes the decision on his desire for the welfare of local cinema.

“In my career, struggled a lot for the welfare of local cinema and film industry. If the film industry could be strengthened by withdrawing the case, then I will do so. Surely more volume of local releases across the country would benefit the industry,” Bhatti had shared with the media officials. 

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Main producers of The Legend of Maula Jatt, Ammara Hikmat and Bilal Lashari were embroiled in a two year legal battle with Bhatti. The latter had filed a case over copyright infringement, claiming that his company Bahoo Films owned the rights to the Maula Jatt story.

As a result, The Legend of Maula Jatt‘s release was blocked. The team behind The Legend of Maula Jatt had subsequently filed cases against Bhatti.

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“I allowed them for using copyrights of only my film Maula Jatt and also asked them to take back the cases they filed against me. They and their parents had approached me. When our own children make mistakes, we forgive them. Both Bilal and Ammara are like my own children so I forgive them,” he said.

Bhatti also recalled the time when he produced the original Maula Jatt, noting that at that time local cinema was facing a difficult situation. “When I produced the trendsetter Maula Jatt like today our cinema was in crisis at that time. While the film industry in the country has witnessed a revival, the Punjabi cinema is still facing certain issues. I hope that The Legend of Maula Jatt plays an important role in reviving the local cinema,” Bhatti said.

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Hikmat revealed that some family friends helped resolve the confusions. “Mr Bhatti agreed to withdraw his claims made before various courts and we are filing for voluntary dismissal of all proceedings initiated by us,” she said. “Mr Bhatti has taken this step in the larger interest of the film industry and promised us his full support even in future.

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The Legend of Maula Jatt stars Fawad Khan, Humaima Malick, Mahira Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi in lead roles. Much like Maula Jatt and Wehshi Jatt, the film is a retelling of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi’s Urdu play Gandasa.

“This will be my take on ‘Gandasa’ films which are blamed for the death of Lollywood. I think the ‘Gandasa’ genre was a missed opportunity for Pakistani cinema, and what better choice to utilise it than by paying homage to the cult classic Maula Jatt,” director and producer Bilal Lashari stated.

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