Kozhikode: Director V A Shrikumar Menon’s plea to appoint an arbitrator to settle a dispute with writer M T Vasudevan Nair over the rights of 'Randamoozham' was rejected by a court, dashing his hopes to make a movie out of the epic Malayalam novel.
Vasudevan Nair had sought an end to the partnership and demanded his script back, citing an inordinate delay in starting the project. He had turned down Shrikumar Menon’s overtures to settle the differences through an arbitrator.
A fast-track court has rejected Menon’s plea. Earlier an additional munsiff court had also turned down the plea.
Vasudevan Nair handed over his script to Menon four years ago with a condition to complete the movie within four years. He went to the court after four years to claim his script back from the director and the producer as there was no sign of the project getting on track.
The court barred the director and the production house to film the script, prompting Menon to try for an out-of-court settlement.