Fox, B R Films settle 'Vinny' suit

No terms disclosed but resolution dubbed 'amicable'

NEW DELHI -- Twentieth Century Fox has “amicably” resolved its lawsuit filed against veteran Bollywood banner B R Films over alleged copyright infringement of the studio's 1992 hit comedy “My Cousin Vinny,” Fox said in a statement Thursday.

Fox went to court over B R Films's upcoming title “Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai” (“This Guy Is Cool”) which the studio claimed was based on “Vinny.”

“B R Films had approached Twentieth Century Fox for rights to make an Indianized version based on the idea of ‘My Cousin Vinny.’ Discussions had taken place between the two parties, however, Twentieth Century Fox contended that no terms were agreed between them, whereas B.R Films contended to the contrary,” Fox said in its statement.

Fox subsequently filed a suit against B R Films in the Mumbai High  Court. However, without giving details, Fox said that both parties “have now succeeded in amicably resolving the case.”

“Both Twentieth Century Fox and B R Films, which have large libraries of their respective copyrighted works, emphasize the importance of producers securing adaptation rights from the owners of the original motion picture before making any version thereof,” the statement added.

Neither B R Films MD Ravi Chopra nor Fox Star Studios India responded to requests for comment.

“We had officially informed Fox back in August 2007 that we wanted to make an Indian film based on the idea of 'My Cousin Vinny.' They sent us an e-mail giving their consent, and that's why we went ahead with our production, which is now ready for release,” Chopra told THR in an April interview.

"Banda" is toplined by local star Govinda and co-stars actresses Lara Dutta and Sushmita Sen.

Asked whether Fox and BRF had reached financial terms during the discussions in 2007, Chopra said, "When Fox gave us the go-ahead in an e-mail, they didn't ask for any financial terms.


The Fox notice follows a similar one issued recently by Warner Bros. warning local producers against any attempt to re-make "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” after local media reports said Bollywood producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah was shooting a Hindi film titled "Action Replay," starring top actor Akshay Kumar, whose character reportedly goes through reverse aging.