Whose Julie is it?

Title imbroglio leads to a tussle between producers

In 2004, Deepak Shivdasani, directed the Neha Dhupia-starrer 'Julie' which was produced by N R Pachisia. The director is now returning with a sequel but with another producer Bhola Malviya, who earlier made 'Mr Joe B Carvalho'.

Neha Dhupia featured in the 2005 film 'Julie'
Neha Dhupia featured in the 2005 film 'Julie'

Says a source, “The director may be keen to revisit Julie, but getting the title may prove to be difficult as it is producer N R Pachisia’s property.”

Pachisia says, “I had put out a public notice in the trade papers that the Julie franchise belongs to me and anyone who plans to make a film without permission will be infringement of copyright. The titles Julie 2 and Julie Returns are registered with me and the producers will have to get a clearance from me.”

Pachisia adds that Malviya did come to meet him about the title. “He met me and I will think about it only after he tells me the details.”

Meanwhile Shivdasani is looking at casting a fresh face for the title role. Music composer Viju Shah returns to Bollywood after a gap of eight years with this film. He said, “I did compose music for Joy Augustine’s film, but the film got stalled.”

In 1975, B Nagi Reddy had produced the box office hit Julie which starred Laxmi and Vikram. Sridevi featured as a child actor.

Laxmi in the 1975 film 'Julie'

Its music by Rajesh Roshan was a huge success especially My Heart is Beating which was rendered by Preeti Sagar. It was a remake of the Malayalam film Chattakari (1974).

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