Chennai, Sep 18 (): The Madras High Court has stayed the release of Bollywood movie ‘Main Hoon Rajinikanth’, as Tamil superstar Rajinikanth had moved the court complaining that the producer of the movie had copied his superhero image from his several movies and that there are scenes of dishonourable nature.
Directed by Faisal Saif, Main Hoon Rajinikanth features southern actor Adithya Menon in the lead as a CBI officer-cum-contract killer Rajinikanth Rao.
The court had granted a ban till 25th September warning Mumbai’s Varsha Productions from using superstar Rajinikanth’s name, caricature, image and style of conveying dialogues in the upcoming feature film, Main Hoon Rajinikanth.
In his appeal, Rajinikanth said he has “never permitted” any producer or film for using his name as it might “mislead his fans”. And the judge S. Tamilvanan has passed the temporary order on an application in a civil suit by Rajinikanth.
Rajini contended that a movie based on his ‘image or name’ is an abuse of his ‘privacy’ and blamed the producer for cashing on the ‘super hero image’ of the actor. He further said that neither the film’s director nor producer had contacted him for getting ‘oral’ or ‘written’ agreement to use his name in the film.
In the application, the actor had stated that he has a good image in the industry. He said he had come across posters, information and press releases about the recommended feature film.
The actor said the makers of the film had abused his superhero image in various moves for the advantage of the suggested feature film. Rajini said the movie also had acts with immoral content. Having got no agreement to make use of his name and image, Rajinikanth felt that amounted to abuse of his copyright.
Meantime,director Faisal Saif said that the movie is not on Thalaiva at all. The character of the hero has the name Rajinikanth and that the film is a tribute to Rajinikanth but not a biopic, added the director.