Netflix had announced eight new original films for the India market in its content showcase “See what’s Next: Asia” summit in Singapore in November last year. Hotel Mumbai, a fictionalised account of the 2008 terrorist attacks on India’s financial capital, specifically the siege of Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotels was among them. Netflix had claimed to have acquired the streaming rights for South and South East Asian territories for the American-Australian production, directed by Anthony Maras, starring Dev Patel, Anupam Kher, Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi in key roles. It also said that it planned to screen the film in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries that include India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The film is now off the Netflix menu in these regions. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September last year. The industry sources told that the streaming giant is involved in litigation and it has nothing to do with the current India-Pakistan relations. However no official statement has come from Netflix, but the source said that “Netflix has terminated its agreement with the licenser of the film”. It will not distribute and release the film in India and the other regions. According to media reports, a Dubai-based firm, Plus Holdings, has moved the Bombay High Court, filing a petition to seek injunction against Netflix from screening Hotel Mumbai. The firm claimed that it had been granted broadcasting rights for the movie in SAARC nations. The firm has alleged that the deal was illegally cancelled for the rights to be licensed instead to the streaming giant. The film releases in Australia on March 15 and in the U.S. on March 29.
Tags : #India#Entertainment#Netflix