The digital platform is being sued by Dubai-based Plus Holdings which says it owns the Indian rights.
Netflix removes Hotel Mumbai in India, South Asia markets
Mumbai - 11 Mar 2019 19:00 IST
Hotel Mumbai, starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, seems unlikely to be released on Netflix in India as it is being sued by Plus Holdings for the rights to release the film. The Dubai-based company states that it bought the film’s Indian rights from Xeitgeist Entertainment, based in Singapore and Australia. The news of digital platform backing out of the South Asian release was first announced by entertainment website, Variety.com.
Plus Holdings further alleges that their deals were cancelled illegally and the rights given to Netflix, Xeitgeist, Arclight Films International, 5th Dimension, Hotel Mumbai Private Limited, and Electric Pictures. According to the online report, the digital platform Netflix has dropped its plans to screen the film in India.
Plus Holdings has filed a case has been filed in the Bombay high court to restore its rights and stop Netflix from screening the film.
The film, directed by Anthony Maras, is based on the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. The drama, also starring Anupam Kher and Jason Isaacs, is due to be released in Australia on 15 March. It will release in the US on 29 March. Last November, Netflix has announced that Hotel Mumbai would have been part of its original films lineup for the Indian market.