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Tamil film Mersal's team wins battle for title in court

The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition to restrain the Mersal team from promoting their film.

Manigandan KR

There's good news for fans of actor Vijay as the Madras High Court on Friday, 6 October, dismissed a petition seeking to restrict the makers of Mersal from using its title.

The petition had been filed by a producer called Rajendran, who, in his plea to the court, claimed that he owned the rights to the title, Mersalayitten, which he had registered in 2015 with the Tamil Film Producers Council. 

He contended that he was in the process of shooting a film with the title and, therefore, sought a restraining order to prevent Thenandal Films, the producers of Vijay's film, from using the title for their film's promotions. 

The Madras High Court had passed an interim order that restrained Thenandal Films from using the title for promoting their film till 3 October, adding that the final verdict would be delivered on 6 October. 

Yesterday, the court dismissed Rajendran's plea. This means that Thenandal Films are now free to retain the title Mersal and continue the film's promotions. 

Sources say that Vijay's Mersal will hit screens for Deepavali as planned. The film will be released simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu all over the world.