Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal is facing legal issues before its anticipated release on Netflix.
It was announced that the film will be released on the platform on January 26, 2024.
However, just days before the online premiere, the film finds itself entangled in a heated controversy.
It has landed Animal in the Delhi High Court.
Cine1 Studios has alleged that T-Series has failed to fulfil the profit-sharing agreement. This has resulted in a legal battle.
According to reports, Cine1 Studios asserted that they were co-producers of Animal.
They cited breaches of various clauses in the 2019 Acquisition Agreement and an amendment agreement signed with T-Series.
As a result, Cine1 Studios has filed a case in the Delhi High Court, seeking justice and a hold on the film’s Netflix release.
The production house has also raised objections to the announcement of Animal Park, the sequel to the blockbuster movie.
The case was presented before Justice Sanjeev Narula on January 15, 2024.
Cine1 Studios’ lawyer, senior advocate Sandeep Sethi, made strong claims against T-Series.
Sethi argued that his client had not received any information on revenues from box office, digital rights or satellite rights.
He emphasised that Cine1 Studios had not received any payment for their involvement in the film.
Sethi stated: “The production house has not been paid even a single penny.”
Furthermore, Cine1 Studios alleges a 35 per cent profit share and entitlement to 35 per cent of Animal’s intellectual property rights.
In response, T-Series’ lawyer countered Cine1 Studios’ claims by stating they had no investment in the film.
The lawyer, Amit Siba, submitted documents to the court, revealing amendments made to the Acquisition Agreement on August 22, 2023.
He accused Cine1 Studios of concealing this information from the court.
He stated that T-Series had paid Rs 2.6 crore to Cine1 Studios.
However, during the proceedings, it came to light that Cine1 Studios’ lawyer was unaware of this payment. This was a lack of communication on their part.
Justice Sanjeev Narula has scheduled the next date of hearing for January 18.
He has requested the presence of the authorised signatory of Cine1 Studios, Murad Khetani.
The court will assess the impact of these revelations on the OTT release of Animal.
Animal has already achieved significant success at the box office, becoming Ranbir Kapoor’s highest-grossing film to date.
As the legal battle unfolds, the film’s fate hangs in the balance, and fans eagerly await the court’s decision.