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Madras HC issues notice to Rajinikanth, SIFC on Karikalan Endra Kaala row


KS Rajashekaran has claimed that he had registered the title 'Kaala' with the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce in 1994.

Manigandan KR

The Madras high court has issued notices to actor Rajinikanth, director Ranjith and the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFC) in connection with a plea seeking a stay on their film, Karikalan Endra Kaala.

KS Rajashekaran, the petitioner, has claimed that he had registered the title 'Kaala' with the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce in 1994 and added that he had been renewing his rights to the title until 2006. 

According to him, when he realized that the title was given to Rajinikanth's next film, with director Ranjith, he approached the SIFC. The authority informed him that the title was given to another film unit as he hadn't renewed his registration. 

In his plea, Rajashekaran contended that the law allowing this should be struck down and that a permanent stay order must be issued against the film.

It may be recalled that Rajashekaran had filed a similar case in the sessions court against the film unit. However, his plea was dismissed. 

Justice M Sundar, who heard the plea in the high court, issued show cause notices to Rajinikanth, Ranjith and the SIFC asking them to reply by 12 February.