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Plea against film name

The daughter-in-law of late poet-novelist Maitreyi Devi has moved the high court seeking an order restraining the release of Bengali film Na Hanyatte.

Maitreyi Devi had written a book named Na Hanyate, published in 1974. Petitioner Ruplekha Sen’s lawyer Pradyughna Sinha submitted before the vacation bench of Justice Soumen Sen on Thursday that the makers of the film had violated copyright laws by using the title.

The film, directed by Riingo and produced by Srijata Productions, is scheduled to be premiered on November 16, four days after the case is to be heard again.

Sinha submitted: “The makers of the film have also used the cover (of the book) designed by Satyajit Ray, who was close to the writer.”

According to the lawyer, Ruplekha Sen has been the sole copyright holder of the book since the death of Maitreyi Devi.

“The book has been translated into many languages. The film-maker’s company has violated the copyright act by using the title of the book,” the lawyer submitted.

“After hearing the petition, the judge expressed surprise, saying, ‘how can a film be made using the title of such a renowned book?’ and asked us to serve notices to the respondents. The matter will be heard again on November 12,” the lawyer said.

Riingo said the film is not based on Maitreyi Devi or her book. “The name is taken from the dictionary and there’s no question of any copyright violation. She (Sen) is welcome to see the film.”

Swapan Pal of Srijata Productions said: “We haven’t got any legal letter from anybody regarding this.... I will do the needful in consultation with my director.”