Thriller movie Hotel Mumbai, which is based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai about the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India, was in the news recently after a Dubai-based firm moved the Bombay High Court to block Netflix from screening it. The movie, which was directed by Anthony Maras and written by John Collee and Anthony, stars Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Jason Isaacs, Suhail Nayyar and Natasha Liu Bordizzo.
According to The Indian Express, the firm Plus Holdings has in a statement alleged Netflix is “in breach” of an arbitration award granted in its favor in Singapore and its rights over the film, which had premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018.
“The Petitioner (Plus Holdings) has become aware that Respondent No.4 (Netflix Global LLC), in breach of the Emergency Award and of the Petitioner’s unique rights and entitlements in the said Film, intends on shortly releasing the said Film in India. Hence, the Petitioner is constrained to file the present petition under Section 9 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996,” The Indian Express quoted the petition as stating.
When The Indian Express tried to get in contact with Netflix about the same, a spokesperson in India said, “We don’t comment on pending litigation.”
Plus Holdings, on the other hand, confirmed the development, with its lawyer Sandeep Ladda stating, “The petition is filed by Plus Holding to seek injunction against the respondent from releasing Hotel Mumbai Movie in India.”
“Plus Holding has been granted Broadcasting and other rights of the Movie by Xeitgeist for SAARC Nations (which) includes INDIA for all digital and non-digital Platforms (theatrical, satellite, digital, etc),” he added.
After it premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival on October 10, 2018, the movie is set to be released in Australia on March 14, 2019, in the United States on March 29, 2019. It was supposed to be released on Netflix for India and South and Southeast Asia and in the UK on Sky Cinema and NowTV on May 3, 2019.