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LAHORE: Bahoo Films Corporation, the producers of Maula Jatt, has issued warning letters to the producers of Maula Jatt 2 who, according to them, are illegally re-producing the original film without their consent.
The letters were issued on behalf of renowned film producer Sarwer Bhatti and son Mohammed Muttaqi, CEO of Bahoo Films Corporation. Such notices were also sent to director Bilal Lashari and the cast of the film, which includes Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan, Humaima Malick and Hamza Ali Abbasi.
The notices, copies of which are available with The Express Tribune, warns the film’s cast and crew to cut ties with the project or face legal actions otherwise.
“This is to inform you that Bahoo Films Corporation, chaired by Muhammad Sarwer Bhatti, is the original maker and copyright holder of Muala Jatt which you are currently engaged in the illegal making of,” the notice to the cast reads. “We have warned the directors and producers, including Ammara Hikmat, to avoid abusing our rights but they have continued to do the same. Their claim of purchasing the rights from writer Nasir Adeeb is fraudulent.”
It further stated, “This is a warning for you to stay away from this project and announce your disassociation with the illegal film-making as soon as possible. You are blessed with a good reputation in this respective field and the team who is involved in the illegal reproduction is clearly not concerned about your status. However, we believe you must take care of your own reputation if no one else is doing so.”
We await your written confirmation regarding the disassociation with this illegal venture; otherwise we will continue taking legal actions against the production team and not hesitate to take the same actions against you.”
Bilal has so far refrained from responding to any of the notices. “According to constitution and Copy Rights Act, we are the original owners of Maula Jatt. I already warned Bilal Lashari’s father and let him know of the illegal project his son is involved in. I also let him know that I will be taking legal action against them,” Bhatti told The Express Tribune.
Muttaqi added, “We plan on bringing the shooting to a halt and have the paperwork ready. Maula Jatt was a real asset for this film industry. As we live in a country where the law and courts still exist, we will not let any influential groups or people violate Pakistan’s law.”