Who owns the rights to 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro'?

For all those who were waiting with bated breath to catch the sequel of Kundan Shah’s 1983 classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, the wait could now get longer.

Ravi Baswani and Naseeruddin Shah in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Ravi Baswani and Naseeruddin Shah in 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro'

While Shah has gone to town announcing his project, produced by Firoz Nadiadwala, sources from the National Film Development Corporation Limited (NFDC), which apparently holds the original rights of the film, say they have still not signed off on any agreement with the makers on the transfer of rights.

Director Kundan Shah
Director Kundan Shah

Speaking about the project, Shah says it was Nadiadwala who commissioned the project to him and that all details of the sequel rest with him and the NFDC. However, insiders at the organisation say that they have yet not been approached by the producer to purchase the rights, and that it still remains in the hands of the NFDC.

Rajesh Das, the head of distribution, says, “We hold the rights to the original film. Kundan has approached us with a proposal but Firoz has not approached us. We are yet to sign the proposal sent by Kundan.”¬†Nadiadwala remained unavailable for comment.¬†

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