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That’s so foolish and silly: R Balki on PadMan plagiarism claims

Writer Ripu Daman Jaiswal has accused the makers of the Akshay Kumar-Radhika Apte starrer of copying 11 scenes from a script that he had written. The writer also said that he has filed an FIR against Akshay and the filmmakers.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: February 12, 2018 8:47 am
R Balki PadMan R Balki says PadMan is an official biography of Arunachalam Muruganantham.

PadMan director R Balki has brushed off allegations of plagiarism against his recently- released film, calling the claims silly and foolish. Writer Ripu Daman Jaiswal has accused the makers of the Akshay Kumar-Radhika Apte starrer of copying 11 scenes from a script that he had written.

“That’s so foolish. After every film, some people foolishly make these claims,” Balki told PTI, dismissing the allegations. The film is a fictionalised account of Tamil Nadu-based Arunachalam Muruganantham, who created affordable sanitarynapkins for the women of his village.

“My film is an official biography of Muruganantham. Is he accusing Muruganantham of leading a life that has been copied from his writing? That’s so silly,” Balki said. Jaiswal also alleged that a dialogue, narrated by megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the film, has been taken from his script that he had sent to Ryan Stephan, creative head of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.

“I remember I was in the library when I wrote this dialogue and was truly elated. Honestly, I surprised myself that day. Tell me, how on earth can you steal someone’s dialogue? This is unfair,” he had tweeted.

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The writer also said that he has filed an FIR against Akshay and the filmmakers. “R Balki! I tried everything! I even filed a police complaint at Cuffe Parade station on 23rd of Jan against everyone. Tell me, what more can I do?

“S.I. told me I have a good case and they will look into the matter and will call me after investigation. Am still waiting for that call (sic),” Daman had tweeted. When contacted Senior Police Inspector of Cuff Parade, Rashmi Jadhav said, “There is one application received from Jaiswal, in which he has claimed copyright of his script. But no offence has been registered in this case.”

Two months ago, Daman had shared a post on Facebook where he attached the screenshots of the mail he had sent to Dharma Productions.

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    Satya Rath
    Feb 12, 2018 at 2:23 pm
    It’s really an amazing film with lot of awareness for mostly lower income group people. A lot of positive things to learn from this film like, dedication, hard work, love and respect, commitment and a vision will surely land you on the moon if not on the stars. This kind of film will boost the moral of the public towards a positive growth. Government should give subsidies for such films to encourage other producers to come forward to make such lovely and beautiful films.
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    1. Nilesh Jain
      Feb 12, 2018 at 8:52 am
      Than why are you people vmting your problems ? why are you people harassing me to have solutions ?
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