Kangana Ranaut in legal trouble, Ketan Mehta says she has hijacked his film Rani of Jhansi

Ketan Mehta claims that after committing to his film, Kangana Ranuat is now making the same project with a different set of filmmakers as Manikarnika.

Written by Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai | Updated: May 19, 2017 3:47 pm
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Days after Simran writer Apurva Asrani claimed that Kangana Ranaut stole his writing credits on the film, the actress again finds herself in the middle of a controversy. Ketan has sent a legal notice to Kangana for allegedly hijacking his project, ‘Rani of Jhansi – The Warrior Queen’. The director claims that after committing to his film, Kangana is now making the same project with a different set of filmmakers as Manikarnika. Directed by Krrish, Manikarna was recently launched.

Talking to indianexpress.com about this, Ketan Mehta said, “We have been talking to Kangana for the past one-and-a-half years for this project, Rani of Jhansi. She has confirmed her commitment to this project one-and-a-half years ago. Over this period of time we have shared all our material with her. We were planning for an international co-production for a global audience. We were planning on making this movie in Hindi and English simultaneously, to make the best advantage of a local audience as well as the global audience. That was the plan of action. And now we suddenly read in the newspapers that she is doing the same film with somebody else!”

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Expressing shock on seeing Kanagana launching Manikarnika with a different set of filmmakers, Ketan Mehta said, “Now suddenly that we heard about this film is being made with somebody else, I don’t know what they are doing with the film. We had shared several drafts of the script, all the visual material and references of the film and designs over a period of time with her (Kangana Ranaut). We had already tied up with an international co-producer and we’re looking out for an Indian co-producer. That’s when Kangana introduced us to Kamal Jain as a prospective co-producer. We shared all the information and the entire project with him and we had some meetings with him too. And then we suddenly hear that they (Kamal Jain and Kangana Ranaut) are doing the project together, independent of us. That came to us as a complete shock.”

So did Kangana never respond to the drafts that Mehta shared with her? Did she respond to the legal notice? To which Mehta said, “The script was a developing process, she had given her suggestions, and had said that she would like to participate in the process. Therefore, several versions of the script were shared with her.”

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  1. S
    May 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    Kangana is Characterless and the actresses of South industry are good in their Characters.Such a legendary and highly respected role should not be offfered to a voluptuous lady and psychopath like Ranawat who is half-naked in Rangoon.Shame on this type of .
  2. S
    May 20, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    Kangana is Characterless and the actresses of South industry are good in their Characterless.Such a legendary and highly respected role should not be offfered a psychopath like Ranawat who is half-naked in Rangoon.
  3. S
    May 20, 2017 at 12:11 am
    So this means Vijeyandra Prasad (Script writer of Manikarnika and Bahubali) is taking credit of Ketan's script which he got through Kangana. LOL. She smartly chose better script and team out of two projects she was offered. There is nothing illegal in chosing best project and team of the films on same subject she was offered.
  4. P
    May 19, 2017 at 4:02 pm
    She is no legal trouble. Ketan is not being able to materialize his project, he makes a star wait for 2-3 years, his script is in development for 10 years, he shares personally curated material with her to show he has done some work and wants to make it in English to win acclaim but can't get the team together. He is making a lame attempt to hijack this subject but every one of 1billion plus indians has the right to make a movie on it. They have the right to access the material available on her (historically and in literature) and make their own movie.
  5. A
    May 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm
    Mr. Mehta - if you snooze too long, you lose! Don't bully others for your incompetence of not putting up your act together. You have lost on THE ACTOR to play the role. She has the right to move on and you cannot hold her hostage. The content of the new film is not hers, it is owned by the writer of Manikarnika. There is no case for plagiarism. Rani Laxmi bai is a national hero and you don't own her story. You are anyways using her to get international acclaim. It is unfair to Laxmi bai and Indians that the movie be made in English.
  6. S
    May 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    His legal notice means NOTHING! Ketan has curated content about Laxmi Bai from primary and secondary (available to ALL), which anyone can, so he cannot claim exclusivity for the subject. He does not own the copy right to make a film on an Indian freedom struggle hero. He is frustrated that his project could never take off so he is bullying Kangana. She does not own writing credits for Manikarnika anyways. It is the producer, director and the highly accomplished story writer.
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