news Saturday, February 07, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | February 07, 2015 | 09.00 am IST ‘Main Hoon Rajinikanth’, a censor-certified Hindi movie has been blocked from release by the Madras High Court as it would hurt the ‘personality rights’ of the super star. Earlier Rajinikanth had told the court that usage of his name and image by the Mumbai-based Varsha Productions would damage his reputation and goodwill, reported Times of India. However, the movie’s producer had then responded that the full name used by the protagonist in the movie is Rajiniknath Rao which was a common non-copyrightable name. Justice Subbiah however, dismissed the defence that the name Rajnikanth was a common name. Using examples of comments provided on websites in response to the movie, the judge said that only the actor's name would get etched in the minds of people, said the report Since the name is identifiable mostly with the actor, the judge barred the producer from using his name anywhere in the movie. The producer had even pointed out that the news about the film had been announced in nearly all main film magazines. But Rajinikanth had remained silent until after the movie’s completion and censor clearance.

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