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Studio sues over Bollywood 'copy'

Marisa Tomei at the 1993 Oscars
Marisa Tomei collected an Oscar for her role in My Cousin Vinny

A Hollywood film studio has taken legal action against Bollywood movie-makers who it claims copied 1992 comedy hit My Cousin Vinny.

20th Century Fox has sued BR Films for 70m rupees (£940,000) at Mumbai's High Court, saying Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai is an illegal remake.

The script and storyline is virtually identical to the original US movie, the studio contends.

BR Films has rejected the allegations, saying their film was original.

It argues the characters and settings for their release were different.

Long history

Fox said that the Bollywood studio was given permission to use the film's idea for the basis of a new production, but the rights for a Hindi language remake had not been approved.

The Indian movie industry has a long history of remaking Hollywood productions for the local market.

Recent objections from US film-makers have included a possible remake of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which has been threatened with legal action.

In September, a case against the Bollywood makers of Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors was dismissed.

The makers of the Harry Potter films had claimed the name was too similar to the adventure franchise.

Comic crime caper My Cousin Vinny earned co-star Marisa Tomei an Oscar for best supporting actress.

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