The issue of copyright violation has once again come to the fore with journalist-turned-filmmaker Amitabh Parashar sending a legal notice to T-series for allegedly stealing the idea of his script for its new film Khandaani Shafakhana. The production house, however, has denied any wrongdoing.
The T-series film stars Sonakshi Sinha and Anu Kapoor. He has demanded Rs 5-crore damages from T-series.
Speaking to PC, Parashar, a national award-winning filmmaker, said, “Theft of ideas and concepts has become common these days in Bollywood. They take your script, get the idea out of it, and make their own story for a film. When questioned, their typical answer would be: Our story is different. Allegations are baseless!”
He was responding to the remark Bhushan Kumar of T-Series made in his conversation with PTI. “It’s [Parashar’s claim is] totally false as what film we are making is totally different. No similarity at all. I don’t know how and why, without knowing our film, he is claiming that,” Kumar told the news agency.
Parashar, however, claims that he has worked hard on the subject of roadside sex doctors, having spent four years on his documentary Death of a Sex Doctor. He won the National Film Award for his documentary The Eyes of Darkness, which focused on the blinding incidents triggered by the infamous Bhagalpur case in the early 1980s.
Parashar, who got his script registered with the Mumbai-based Screen Writer’s Association, said he met Mukesh Desai and the Anjali Bhushan, both of T-series. “I gave them the full script a year ago, they acknowledged it, and then continued discussing about it, but commissioned someone else to do that. It’s a clear case of cheating and fraud. I will try my best to do whatever I can within the legal framework of our system.”
Everybody knows that T-series has a track record of cheating, Parashar said, adding that. “There are a number of court cases against this company.”
It may be mentioned here that copyright violations are not new to Hindi cinema. Prominent film-maker Ronnie Screwvala was recently made an accused on a plea that his famous film Uri: The Surgical Strike violated copyright.