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Sanjay Dutt's The Good Maharaja courts legal trouble 

Heirs of the late Nawanagar King send legal notice to the makers for not obtaining their consent.

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Sanjay Dutt's comeback film Bhoomi turned out to be a disaster at the box office. The actor is now facing trouble with one of his next, The Good Maharaja.

Director Omung Kumar and producer Sandeep Singh have received notice from the heirs of Maharaja Jam Saheb Sri Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji, as reported by the tabloid Mumbai Mirror. Hershed Kumari and Himanshu Kumari, the heirs of Ranjitsinghji, have alleged that the makers have not obtained their consent to make the film. 

“We have learnt through print and social media that a film is being made based on the life and events concerning the late Maharaja Jam Sahib Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji who is the father of my clients, specifically the incident related to the Polish refugees. The Maharaja was a public figure and if the facts are distorted, it will tarnish his image. Hence, our clients have objection to the film, as no permission is sought from them,” Faranaaz Karbhari, legal representative of the Kumaris' told Mumbai Mirror.

Producer Singh admitted to receiving notice but questioned whether they needed to take rights from the heirs. 

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“Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji’s story is in the public domain. Even today they celebrate Maharaja Day in Poland. I didn’t think we were required to take the rights from his heirs."

The producer has also stated that the matter will be looked after by producer-partner Vikash Verma. "Now that we have got this notice, Vikash Verma, our producer-partner who has an office in Poland, is looking into the matter. He is the one who is supposed to look into government permission while Omung and I are focused on the creative aspects of the film,” Singh said.

The Good Maharaja is story of how the Indian king sheltered Polish refugees during World War II.