Telangana High Court orders status quo in 'Jhund' case

HYDERABAD: The Telangana High Court has directed that a petition filed by Hyderabad-based director Nandi Chinni Kumar seeking a stay on the release of the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 'Jhund' on OTT platforms and satellite television be kept on hold.

Justice P. Sree Sudha directed the respondents to answer the petitioner's request for a temporary restraining order. The court adjourned the matter until June 8 and ordered both parties to maintain their current position until then.

Chinni Kumar stated that he filed the petition seeking an injunction prohibiting the film's producers and other respondents from broadcasting 'Jhund' on any OTT platform or satellite broadcasting in any way pending the outcome of the review petition appealing the trial court's judgement.

Last month, the trial court refused Kumar's request to have the compromised decree issued last year revoked and the film's release postponed, citing a violation of the settlement agreement by the film's producers. He sought the high court for orders to block the distribution because the trial court had reserved its orders and the movie was set to be released on March 4.

The high court not only dismissed his petition, but also fined him Rs 10 lakh for withholding material from a case he had filed on the same matter in a lower court. A compensation agreement had previously been reached between the movie's producers and Kumar, according to the court. Kumar received Rs 5 crore as part of the deal.

Kumar has filed a review petition appealing the high court's division bench's decision, which is still pending. 'Jhund' is a sports biopic based on the life of Vijay Barse, the creator of the non-profit 'Slum Soccer.'

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