The Legend of Maula Jatt stars Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Humaima Malick in key roles. Bilal Lashari previously directed Waar, an action thriller which also starred Hamza Ali Abbasi. This will be the first feature film collaboration between Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan since their hit pairing in drama serial Humsafar. The Legend of Maula Jatt retells the story of Maula Jatt and Noori Nath, a legendary rivalry that existed in Pakistani cinema. The film was in considerable controversy due to a lawsuit extended on it by Sarwar Bhatti, who claimed Maula Jatt was his property.
According to sources, "the legal battle surrounding Maula Jatt movie has taken a dramatic turn today with the emergence of some astonishing documents regarding ownership of the 1979 cult classic. In a series of shocking revelations, concrete evidence has emerged showing that Maula Jatt 1979 is not owned solely by Sarwar Bhatti to begin with. In a press conference held today at the Lahore Press Club, it was revealed that the film was owned by Bahu Films Corporation which was registered under a partnership deed between 6 parties out of which Chaudhry Jamil and Sarwar Bhatti were the main investors. Till today Sarwar Bhatti has claimed that the movie was his sole proprietorship and he alone owned all the rights to the film, due to which a series of litigation has followed in the Lahore High Court against director Bilal Lashari and producer Ammara Hikmat of The Legend of Maula Jatt."
Further claims the source that this was "challenged by Chaudhry Muhammad Jamil’s legal heirs who have come forward with proof that Jamil was not only a major investor and executive producer in Bahu Films Corporation but also held the presenting title in all their movies."
Shockingly, it has also come to media's attention that "Chaudhry Muhammad Jamil was murdered in 1996 after which Sarwar Bhatti made a few attempts to get ownership transfer papers signed by his widow but she refused to give in."
Saim Jamil's legal counsel Advocate Almas Jovindah issued astatement saying, "Sarwar Bhatti has been misrepresenting the facts and concealed documents from the court by stating that he owned the original Maula Jatt in sole proprietorship. When infact the movie like many others produced during that time, were the property of Bahu Films Corporation which was a partnership concern. Mr. Sarwar Bhatti has been making many claims regarding the rightful ownership when he himself has not accounted for the rights of the partners in Bahu Films Corporation".
Jovindah also stated, " The copyrights and trademark belong to the corporation and not an individual person. Sarwar Bhatti has not settled accounts with the shareholders as agreed in the partnership deed.”
Sarwar Bhatti claimed that he is the sole owner of the original movie Maula Jatt. Said the media release that "these owners of Maula Jatt 1979 have not only challenged Sarwar Bhatti’s Trademark and Copyright certificates but also challenged Intellectual Property Rights Organization of Pakistan in the Sindh High Court for fraudulent issuance of copyright certificates". This is a developing story and will be updated.
Watch the trailer of The Legend of Maula Jatt here: