Court grants interim stay on Anubhav Sinha's 'Mulk'

An application filed by one Vandana Punwani, who is embroiled in a property rent dues dispute with production and entertainment agency, Benaras Media Works Limited.

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Mumbai’s sessions court has granted an interim stay on the release of Anubhav Sinha’s 'Mulk'. The film features Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles and portrays a story of a Muslim family, found itself in a fix of terror. The film is slated to release on August 3.

An application filed by one Vandana Punwani, who is embroiled in a property rent dues dispute with production and entertainment agency, Benaras Media Works Limited. She has claimed that the Benaras Media Works Limited has links with the movie and hence the release of the film should stay till the dispute was resolved.

After the hearing, additional sessions judge M H Shaikh granted an interim stay on the release and announced August 2 the further date hearing. Talking about the matter Anubhav Sinha’s lawyer Vibhav Krishna said in a statement,“Punwani in her application has made false claims that the Benaras Media Works has links with Mulk director Anubhav Sinha. These are not true. We are yet to receive the court’s order staying the release. But tomorrow we will either seek clarification from the same court or approach the Bombay High Court”.

Although the court has ordered a stay, the filmmaker has denied the development. Anubhav said that he has not been served any such order. “If someone has mischievously misled the court and if the court has really passed such an order we shall move a petition to vacate the same. Logistically all arrangements are in place to release the film on August 3,” mentioned Sinha.

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