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Statement from Ajay Devgn films in response to YRF

After YRF’s statement, here’s the statement by lawyers of Ajay Dvgn Films which has been issued today – The case of ADF is that a producers/distributor/exhibitor cannot be allowed to enter into a tie-in arrangement which adversely affects competition. YRF has entered into a tie-in arrangement with the exhibitors in a manner that it has made it compulsory for the exhibitors to exhibit the untitled movie of YRF on Diwali day and two weeks thereafter with all 4 shows. A tie in arrangement in the present circumstances of YRF of compulsory showing an unnamed movie on a date fixed in advance with the exhibitor while entering into an arrangement to show the film “Ek Tha Tiger” itself violates the provisions of the competition Act, 2002 more particularly Section 3. It is well known fact that YRF is the most dominant player in the film business for the past four-five decades.

YRF is vertically integrated i.e. it has a studio, production house, in house director, all the equipments required for the production and it has distribution arms all over the world which creates a dominant presence/impression before an exhibitor.

Under the threat of not delivering “Ek Tha Tiger” which was the only film to be released on Eid/Independence day (an unusual day being a Wednesday for a film release), YRF forced the exhibitors to tie in the release of the untitled movie (which is now titled as “Jab tak hai jaan”) on the Diwali day i.e. 13.11.2012 which is also an unusual day for release i.e. Tuesday. ADF is entitled to release its movie on the Diwali day which right is protected under Article 19(1)(g), Indian Contract Act and Competition Act, 2002 and provide effective competition to YRF’s movie.

But for YRFs tie-in arrangement with the exhibitors which is apparent from the various agreements executed by YRF, ADF would have achieved single screen exhibitors in the range of more than 1200. However, because of the tie-in arrangement, ADF has achieved only about 600 nos. of single screens which clearly shows the cause against YRF.

To substantiate the above through some examples, a catchment like Dadar in Mumbai has 7 single screen cinemas out of which ‘Son of Sardaar’ has only 1, and ‘Jab tak hai Jaan’ has 6. In Hyderabad city, out of 17 single screen (Hindi playing) cinemas, ‘Son of Sardaar’ has only 2, and ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ has 15. The trend is similar almost all India which can be scrutinized by anyone.

For ADF’s last movie i.e. “Bol Bachchan” ADF had achieved about 1350 number of single screens which film was released on 6th July, 2012. ADF could have also restricted the release of YRF’s movie on Diwali day by entering into tie-in arrangements then but ADF has always been fair and in any case does not carry dominance which YRF has in the market to dictate anti-competitive terms.

YRF is trying to hide behind its dominant position in the film market. It is wrongly touting this cause of action to be based upon an alleged enmity between Mr. Ajay Devgn and Mr. Shah Rukh Khan, which does not exist. The case of ADF is legally maintainable and ADF shall fight till the end on this legal issue.

ETONIGHT (@ETONIGHT)

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  1. diva

    I had said ATBB, BB , Highest grossers All this define Superstardom.

    After 20+ years akshay’s record in bollywood -

    ATBB- Zero

    BB- Two out of first ever solo in 2012 and other one in 2007.

    Highest groseers- Zero

    All 3 Khans and also hrithik are far ahead in these records.

    Even sunny deol and govinda at their prime.

    And on the Other hand actor having similar record Ajay devgn in fact he gave his first solo blockbuster before Akshay’s RR this year.

    1. Manish

      chal jhoothi

      statement mein all and pata nhai kya kya add kar diya ..

      but i love kukko kukoo kukkooo :D

      chalo maine tumhari baat maani :P

      once a superstar always a superstar yeh to hota hai na ??? superstar bhi kisi particular type ki movie ke liye hota hai .. agar yeh itne bade superstar hai to kyunki INKI VAJAH SE MOVIES ATBB ho gay .. great achievement but why didnt marigold didnt even open or swades or GTGH … aisa kyun tab kaha gayi thi inki superstardom

      tumne hi kaha ki atbb se kam jinki movies ke verdict hote hai woh superstar nahi hote because highest grossers and ATBB define stardom then why do sallu and srk have movies that are flop ?? and didnt even open well??

      BTW try n find out anupam kher’s ATBB he myt even match salman and srk ;)

      naughty girl tum bahot demanding ho main to thak gaya karte karte comments :P

      1. diva

        What i had said in my comments is nothing but truth. You have no choice besides making comments which don’t make any sense with lot of smilies.

        1. Manish

          lol kitna sensible sawwla poocha hai ki .. jab ATBB is because of superstars , u said akshay cdnt have made KKHH ATBB that means its because of srk and sk , then why there movies flop .. itni badi ATBB babana koi mazzaak thode na hai :D

          Kitni power hai superstars srk and sk mein ki yeh akele movie ko ATBB bana sakte hai then swades , LD , GTGH , MAMK , PAHELi , DG yeh kyun hoti hai .. distributor , producer se dushmani ki wajah se ?? :D

          tumhario theory main maan lunga par tum apni theory ke loop holes to bharogi na ??

          so answer me :D

        2. Manish

          yeh to galat baat hai kukooo kukoo kukoo :P :D tumne meri theory se kaha ki tum ajay devgan ko superstar prove karogi par tumne nahi kiya ab main keh raha hu tum apni theory ke loopholes cover karo woh tum nahi kar rahi

          aise kaise chalega kukoo kukoo ..

    2. Manish

      samajh rahi ho na baat ko matlab ki HINA agar yeh superstar ek movie ko ATBB bana sakte hai ya highest grosser bana sakte hai to baakiyo ko flop kyun hone dete hai ?? director , distributor se dsuhmani hoti hai??

  2. FS

    Its very clear that the fight is between YRF v/s ADF and yes Srk/Salman has no direct role in it but also one cannot deny their indirect interference as well.

  3. diva

    This is what I had said ATBB, BB , Highest grossers All this define Superstardom.

    After 20+ years akshay’s record in bollywood -

    ATBB- Zero

    BB- Two out of first ever solo in 2012 and other one in 2007.

    Highest groseers- Zero

    All 3 Khans and also hrithik are far ahead in these records.

    Even sunny deol and govinda at their prime.

    And on the Other hand actor having similar record Ajay devgn in fact he gave his first solo blockbuster before Akshay’s RR this year.

  4. Aryan29

    Sanket ,

    Totally Disagree with you. In bollywood Two big films releasing simultaneously do not have any problem in number of screens and competition is more or less fair. So this would have not happened in any other case or even in this case if it was not for salman or ek tha tiger it would have not been possible.

    It happened because Salman is now not only number 1 star from past few years but also the kind of success he is achieving is HUGE to say the least and exceptional which no other contemporary star has seen ( Back to back to Blockbusters Highest grossers) and at such time Ek tha tiger was his most long awaited film It was coming after as much as 1 year which has hardly happened before with Salman in his career and he at its peak the excitement the teaser buzz this everything took the film to another level which was HUGE to say the least.

    YRF understood the situation very well and in no time they played their game and took it to the advantage of jab tak hai jaan releasing with son of sardar considering the unprecedented craze of Salman’s film specially in Single screens that also coming after 1 year most long awaited film of salman His HUGE number 1 power at the box office they were able to make this deal with exhibitors and distributors. and honestly distributors and exhibitors had no choice but to accept the deal.

    I know few distributors and exhibitors from gujarat circuit they told me this diwali they would prefer to release Son of Sardar instead of Jab tak hai jaan (not because they think jab tak hai jaan is bad film but because they know which film would attract to their general audience more out of the two) but they do not have choice and are bound by the contract not to do so because of Salman’s ek tha tiger.

    1. Aryan29

      FS even i could see that. There was some problem in Browser because of which it happened. Now Sorted out.

  5. harish

    Instead of crying Son of Sardar should change their release date and should release with Talaash. Plus I am 100% Ajay and Co 2 0r 3 months back knew this thing, just to get mileage now they are making it as news. Aryan everyone knows in all major stars SRK is weakest in Single Screens, so the news you are telling is stale news.

  6. Fasel

    Aryan go ahead and post that the fourth time, I dont think Sanket has read it yet.

  7. Fasel

    If you didnt give a damn, then you wouldnt have replied back to me.

  8. Serenzy

    Aryan has a ‘Habit’ of Repeating Comments..
    :P

    ………

    Diva,
    Akshay Fans are Not Dumb..

    They are Naivé, Innocent, Entertaining and Good/Kind Hearted Chaps who Put Undue Pressure on Poor Akki by Tagging his Every Next Song & Movie as a BLOCKBUSTER!

    Even, FS Bhai Loves Akshay Fans the Most.
    :P ;)

    ……..

    Firangi,

    SoS is Going to Give a Much Tagda Competetion to JTHJ than expected no matter what the No. of Screens.

    In the End, Content is King and if JTHJ is Bad it will be withdrawn bfr 1st Week.

    If ATB can Rip ‘Blue’, than SoS Can Eat JTHJ Alive.

    1. Manish

      yes u ryt :D srk fans are so intelligent that here on NG they predicted 250 plus crore kind of business for MNIk and RA 1 ;) :D

    2. Aryan29

      Serenzy its not habit but if my same comment explanation can do the needful then why to post diferent comment.

      Anyway Hope as always you are counting each one of them. :P

    3. Manish

      nahi bhai nahi dono ra 1 and MNIk ka milakar nahi par individually 250 kind for each INDIA nett :D

    1. Rockyy

      Aditya stop being childish..It is serenzy’s personal choice..

  9. Rockyy

    Even i had seen akshay fans predicting Huge 50 cr for Joker..:D

    1. Manish

      tum DMG se 70-80 to expect kar rahe the ya billu se ??? the same way alshay fans were expecting 50 only from joker not high numbers …..but fir wohi baat samjhane ka fayada to hai nahi :D

  10. jealous hater of srk

    @ rockyy lol i thnk u forgot they wer predicting 100cr and a hattrick for akki wit joker before rift betwn shrish and akki came out in public

  11. Rockyy

    Predicting 50 cr for movie like joker with lead star Akshay Kumar is Huge though..

  12. Aditya007

    @Rockyy
    What childish??
    If that was his ,then its our openion & You’re also forget even you & other srk Fanatics like @jealous hater of srk aka chirag were predicting 200,250,300cr for Ra.one & for billu – 50,60& some even 100cr !!!
    So Just Shut Up Mouth before Knew You back Fanatic Prediction !!

  13. danish

    so srk taking salman’s help to win over ajay!

  14. harish

    And Salman helping. It just goes to show media created war of Salman and SRK. Even Salman wants JTHJ should be Hit and SOS Flop. Learn Salman Fans something from Salman this is called big Dil.

  15. danish

    @harish – salman didnt help directly. yashraj used his help iscreetly to help the looser srk.

    waise agar srk bolta to salman help kar bhi deta. we all know abt his heart.

  16. harish

    Danish Salman helped him directly. Do you think Salman doesn’t know what Yash Raj was doing. He was fully aware and to cover his guilt did item song in SOS. Ball was in Salman court and he favoured SRK. Accept truth and move. In this case poor losers have been Salman Fans they arw trying to cover Salman Fault in this case and trying to highlight SRK and Yash Raj as villains.

  17. jealous hater of srk

    @danish we al knw abt his red hands also lets nt get into dat aur salman kiski help karo woh toh po po po video dekhi pata chaltha ha aur bhai seedha bhol ki aapki jalgayi ha jab aapne screen space ratio dekha ki kahi ett ka record na tut jaye

  18. Serenzy

    Aditya Mere Bhai,

    “@Serenzy
    Here is most awaited movies
    from your i.e
    Heroine ,ShootOut at
    Wadala,but After he change & included RR,JTHj”

    My Top5 Most Awaited in January ’12 were,

    Talaash
    Heroine
    SAW
    AP
    ETT

    SAW Got Shifted to Next Year.

    Give Me One Comment of Mine where I Said JTHJ and RR are in My Top5 Most Awaited Movies, I Will do whatever you say.

    Show Me the Comment Where I Changed My Stance as u Claim.

    ” Mujhe to tum sabse bade lagg rahe ..fanatics ki chhader lapete huye!!! ”

    ^
    Yeh Line Jaakar kisi aur pe Try Kar… Fanatic Bankar Negativity Spread karne ka Time Mere Pass Nahi Hain aur Nahin Mujhe Pasand Hain!

    And Just So that you Know, Here’s the Proof Adi :-

    Check Out Fenil Seta’s “MOST AWAITED MOVIES” Post he Posted During New Year.

  19. Aditya007

    @serenzy mere Bhai
    ”Yeh Line Jaakar kisi aur pe Try Kar… Fanatic Bankar Negativity Spread karne ka Time Mere Pass Nahi Hain aur Nahin Mujhe Pasand Hain!”
    Ha ha ha tu to dhudh ka dhula hai, then why You said ,”’Akki fans are Naivé, Innocent, Entertaining and Good/Kind Hearted Chaps
    who Put Undue Pressure on Poor Akki by Tagging his Every Next
    Song & Movie as a BLOCKBUSTER”’
    Pahle Khud ko dekho ,Fir dusaro per Keechad Uchchalo. Ok
    And About, I never start any Crap thing 1st,when Any Member say wrong thing ,which doesn’t belong to him ,then I start for defend Okk.

  20. Rockyy

    Lol i wasn’t there on Naachgaana during Don 2 n Ra.one days..
    Do not try to act smart.. Don’t even dare to do that..
    Tell me 1 srk fan who predicted 100 cr for Billu..
    Now 1 thing is sure tujhe jo mann mein aata hai bhokta hai tu bas..

  21. Rockyy

    Baat samaj nahi aati aur pappu chala comment karne

    1. Aditya007

      @Rockyy
      1- ”Baat samaj nahi aati aur pappu chala comment karne”
      2- “tujhe jo mann mein aata hai bhokta hai tu bas..”
      Abe tujhe To mai har jagah Bhaukte dekhte hu ,Pappu ki tarah.
      And Tameez beta baat kar , okk jyada baat na bdha nahi tujhe JTHJ ke time per ban hona padega & mujhe koi fark nahi padega Samjha Pappu. Bhaukk Mat!

      1. Rockyy

        First of all you try to interfere for no REASON..
        And if i find anything in ur comment abt me which is wrong ( Like u said i had predicted 200 cr ,250 cr for ra.one/jthj) then i have to say it that u r a big LIER.. Cos i neva did that..
        Aur rahi baat tameez ki pehle zara jaano,dekho,socho aur baadmein kisi k baarein mein comment karna..
        I haven’t even predicted Jthj’s collection.. Ra.one n d2 to dur ki baat hain..
        Aur tu mujhe ban karwayega..
        Ab kuch bol diya toh firse Tameez wala nara shuru karoge..

        1. Aditya007

          ”Aur tu mujhe ban karwayega.”
          ha ha ha
          Bass kar tu ,its enough Yaar Ye to tab pata chalega ki How did You got Bannnnnned !!
          & ,JTHJ Ko wish Karo ki achhi trend Kare Ok!!!!!

          1. Rockyy

            Main darr gaya, sacchi main bahot darr gaya..:@:*
            Please mujhe ban mat karo
            bas bacche khush..

  22. Serenzy

    Aditya,

    I Suggest u don’t Interfere in My Matters OR Atleast Don’t Read too Much Into My Comments.

    - Main Dhudh ka Dhula hua Nahi Hoon

    - Did you Know Why I Made that Akshay Fan Comment…Nahi Naa…. then, Kyun Faltu Main Apni Taang Adaa raha hain.

    That Joke is btwn Manish Bhai and Me from a Long Time[Hence, u cud See Him Replying to My Cmment in Jest and we both take it Sportingly] and Only He can Understnd What I Really Mean.

    :D

    Thanda Le… I Mean No Harm and Not Keechad Uchlofying Either.

  23. Serenzy

    Aditya Again,

    Did u Not Even Notice the Smiley in My Cmment When I Said NG must have both #SOS & #JTHJ in Twitter Feed.?

    What Fcuk of a Diffrnce does it Make, aye?
    I Just Said it in Fun.

    Take a Break Broda, You Are Trying too Hard…
    :|

    1. Aditya007

      @serenzy
      lol itni serious Mazak??
      Anyway for Confirmed it.

  24. jealous hater of srk

    @aditya dude plz show me wen i had said ra.one to do 200cr..and i ws nt evn on ng during ra.one pekay aaya ha kya

  25. VED-Z

    Is Maamle main Akshay chalaak niklaa

    Ajay ne himmat dikhayi aur Akshay ne himmat hote huye bhi chalaaki

    Akshay knew the cheap games of YRF

    1. Manish

      Ved Z he wdnt have been able to release the movie on diwali .. he started in late june or rather july …. i feel even december is too early i mean it seem they have shot the movie in hurry …

      i was also angry that why did they shift from diwlai but then he cd nt have released especially because he shoots 2-3 movies together plus OMg promotions

  26. Aditya007

    ”pekay aaya ha kya”
    nahi Pila Ke Aaya hu .
    My indication was Like you . Btw I’ve Link were Big & even many senior member were saying it was going above 150-200 cr.
    So Just chill dude!!

  27. FS

    Can someone dig out my most awaited movies? Aap log kitna help karte ho doosron ke liye, meri help bhi kardo – serenzy, aditya, rocky :P

  28. Being Heman

    ye akki fans (except ayush, awesome akshay etc.) are now a days more annoying than salman fans…i think success makes stars cool minded but their fans more irritating… i can understand their feelings…2-3 years back we srk fans were used to stand whr akki nd sallu fans are rit nw… :D
    anyway tym changes…even 1 yr back amir fanatics were also desperate…Delight44, roy etc….now a days i can see some of them arround here…but trying to play safe…as they are also in doubt regarding Talaash…

    FS u are rit…akki fans are really trying hard…. :-)

  29. Tango

    @Manishe doing K786 review, jaisa aap ka hukm tha.

    Bada mazedaar music hai.

    The surprise for me Too Hoor Pari. Love it !

    1. Manish

      @tango bhai .. great bhai iam awaiting ur review .. my fav is still hukka baar …

      but what amezed me is the way huur pari is sung .. my fiorst reaction after heraing it seems punjabi movie ka gaana hai but fasel said he finds it good so i checked it again …

      i dont know whether iam hooked to vocals or song but iam hooked to it now ….

      javed ali sings like a traditional punjabi singer and
      shreya ghshal ka main kya kahu .. she made me lustful with her voice in jism and i repeat the part where she sings its so sweet voice .. sugar se bhi sweet

  30. Tango

    LUSTFUL :!: Arre kya bachci ki jaan lega :?: Reham kar :-)

    Hukka Bar, Lonely, Balma, Sari Sari Raath , sab achche hain, but the variety, twist & turn in Tu Hoor Pari is amazing.

    You will get hooked to it soon!

    1. Manish

      Tango praah

      bhai innn songs ko dekhne ki bhi zarurat nahi hai .. shreya ki aawaz mein itna nasha hai ….

      and iam more surprised to see sugary sweet voice of hers in hoor pari …

      BTW agar woh bachchi hai to main bhi bachcha hu infact 2 months younger bachcha than her :D :P

  31. Gorilla

    Just heard “Tu hoor pari” after reading the conversation above between Tango and Manish….and have to agree with Tango bhai that this is a surprise…and thankfully understood the lyrics….and for a change, this song is not your regular Bhangra number, but seems to be a situational song.

    1. Manish

      gorilla the music and singer specially the male one is very close to traditional punjabi music …

      BTW hopw do u find the album .. i actually liked the album more than any akshay movie’s song …

      last i heard song of desi boyz this much and ready’s 12 mahine mein 12 tareeke and to an extent teri meri

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