The Madras High Court has called for responses from directors Vijay and Gautham Vasudev Menon,while hearing a case filed by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa, against the filmmakers’ plans to make bio-pic on her aunt.
Justice Kalyanasundaram ordered for notices to be sent to Vijay and Gautham Vasudev Menon and the two are expected to send their responses by the next hearing that has been scheduled on November 14.
While Vijay is planning a movie titled ‘Thalaivi’ starring Kangana Ranaut as Jayalalithaa, Gautham Vasudev Menon has made a web series starring Ramya Krishnan as ‘Amma’.
In her plea, Deepa said she was a legal heir of the late AIADMK chief and added that Vijay, producer Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Gautham did not have any legal right to produce the movie on the life and times of Jayalalithaa.
Stating that the filmmakers might portray the life of her aunt and that of her as well in their own version, Deepa said it might affect her privacy and that of her family. The filmmakers intended to release the film for their commercial and monetary benefits without her consent, Deepa added.
To safeguard the personality rights of the late Chief Minister, protect her own privacy and that of her family, it was absolutely necessary to restrain the makers of the bio-pic from going ahead, without getting her approval for the storyline and the script, Deepa said. The trio should not be allowed to either produce or release the film without her consent and approval, Deepa stated.