Court bans Rajinikanth’s name…

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The Madras High Court has permanently stayed a production company from using actor Rajinikanth’s name, image, caricature and style of delivering dialogues in its forthcoming feature film Main Hoon Rajinikanth.

Passing the order in a case filed by the actor, Judge S. Subbiah observed that if any person uses the name of a celebrity without his/her permission, the celebrity is entitled for injunction if the said celebrity could be easily identified by the use of his/her name by others.

He also pointed out that on seeing the name of Rajinikanth in the title of the movie, the audience would identify the name only with the actor.

“I am of the opinion that the plaintiff has made out prima facie case for granting interim injunction. Hence, the interim injunction granted by this court is made absolute,” the judge said.

In his application, the actor said he enjoyed a good reputation for his contribution to the film industry.

He said the producer had exploited his superhero image in various movies for the benefit of the proposed feature film. The film also had scenes with immoral content, he alleged.

The producer had not obtained his consent to use his name/caricature/image and style of delivering dialogues. This amounted to violation of his copyright and gross violation of privacy.

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