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Ram Gopal Varma vows to teach Sonal Mehta ‘a lesson’ even as Rann producers, Madhu Mantena and Sheetal Talwar, pay her a hefty amount to end legal disputeBy Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 28, 2010)
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Rann director Ram Gopal Varma has threatened to ‘take action’ against Sonal Mehta, who took the film to court claiming that it was based on her idea. But the warring parties reached an out-of-court settlement on Wednesday, clearing the way for the release of the Amitabh Bachchan starrer.
Though the exact amount paid to Sonal Mehta is not known, she is apparently happy with the deal. But Ramu is spitting fire.
“I want to state that the producers of Rann, Sheetal Talwar and Madhu Mantena, have taken a decision to settle the dispute with that Mehta girl without my consent. The honorable High Court has not passed any judgment or granted any injunction in the dispute in any parties’ favour. As delaying the matter could cause irreparable loss to them, they have taken this step to end the matter so that they can concentrate on release issues,” said Varma, adding that “absolutely no credit will be given to her with regard to the story, screenplay, or whatever, of Rann.”
Barely able to control his rage, Varma lashed out at Mehta, accusing her of using unethical tactics. “I am just the director of the film and the script has been written solely and wholly by Rohit G. Banawlikar. That Mehta girl is nothing but a fraud, a scamster and an More >
By Subhash K. Jha, January 26, 2010 – 10:19 IST
In spite of Ram Gopal Varma’s loud protestations about the writer’s claim being nothing more than an attempt to make mileage just days before his film’s release, to avoid an impending stay order on the release of his Rann this Friday, Ram Gopal Varma has apparently been persuaded to make an out-of-court settlement with the writer Sonal Mehta.
Though nobody is mentioning the sum, Mehta has asked for and apparently is likely to get a sum close to Rs. 55 lakhs as out-of-court settlement.
While the film’s producers have in principle agreed to pay up the compensation to avoid the film’s impending released being delayed, director Ram Gopal Varma in a sudden outburst of indignation, is reluctant to cough up the substantial amount of money. According to him, this settlement would amount to succumbing to last-minute pressure tactics.
The next court hearing is on Wednesday morning. But for all practical purposes Sonal who apparently produced SMS messages and e-mail in court on Monday to prove her charges that Rann was indeed based on her idea/script, has triumphed and will on Wednesday walk away with a hefty amount as compensation to facilitate the release of Rann.
Co-producer Madhu Mantena says, “We’re in the process of making an out-of-court settlement. But Ramu is dead against it. However, the prints of Rann have to be sent out and we can’t afford any more delay.”
As for Ram Gopal Varma all he will say tersely is, More >