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Unique case of Phillauri: Petitioners fined Rs5 lakh for seeking appeal against the film

The makers of Gujarati film Mangal Fera had sought a petition against the Anushka Sharma-starrer. 

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In a rare case, the Bombay high court has imposed a fine on petitioners who had filed a case against Anushka Sharma’s upcoming film, Phillauri. Makers of the Gujarati film, Mangal Fera filed a petition against the Hindi film as they felt its story is copied from their film. 

Producers Gayatri Rathod and Dashrath Rathod, the owners of Gayatri Cine Production, sought a notice against the makers of Phillauri. However, justice GS Patel not only dismissed the appeal, but also imposed a fine of Rs5 lakh on Gayatri Cine Production for wasting the court’s time. 

Advocate Nagesh Mishra, who represented the petitioners, told a portal, “Justice GS Patel said that we cannot move the court when the film is so close to releasing. He did not just dismiss the case, but also imposed a fine of Rs5 lakh for wasting the time of the court.” 

But despite facing such flak from the HC, the makers of Mangal Fera might appeal further in the matter. Mishra’s associate said, “We are waiting for the court order to be given in hand then we may appeal against it.” 

Mangal Fera tells the story of a woman who is married to a tree since she is a manglik (misaligned astrogically). But the tree is possessed by a ghost, who starts liking the woman and considers her as his wife. In Phillauri, the character of Suraj Sharma, who is a manglik, is married to a tree, which is possessed by the ghost of Anushka's character. 

Mangal Fera has also been remade in Bhojpuri and Bengali.