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Alleging plagiarism by makers of Bala, two directors move courts

G D Bansal, representing Naman Goyal who made The Beginning To Get Bald, said several scenes have been copied in violation of the copyright law.

Jaipur, Mumbai | Updated: November 6, 2019 5:10:17 pm
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A court in Jaipur has issued a notice to the makers of Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Bala after a filmmaker sought a stay on the upcoming movie alleging that several scenes have been copied from a short film he made in 2010.

G D Bansal, representing Naman Goyal who made The Beginning To Get Bald, said several scenes have been copied in violation of the copyright law. “The civil suit seeks damages and permanent stay,” Bansal said.

The Jaipur metropolitan additional district judge on Saturday issued a notice to Maddock Films Pvt Ltd, asking the makers or a pleader from their side to be present in court on Wednesday.

Goyal said he decided to move court after seeing the trailer and several scenes of Bala. “I had directed The Beginning To Get Bald in 2010 when I was a student of the New York Film Academy and it was released on Facebook. The movie had also won the award for best short film at the Mini Box Office international film festival 2010,” Goyal said.

The civil suit comes even as another filmmaker Kamal Kant Chandra approached the Bombay High Court and then the Supreme Court alleging that the makers of Bala have plagiarised his concept.

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Bombay High Court to arrive at a resolution by November 8.

Chandra said he hopes to get a stay on Bala before its November 8 release.

Chandra said he met Ayushmann Khurrana during the shooting of Bareilly Ki Barfi and in September 2017 sent him the concept via WhatsApp. “I got a message from Ayushmann within an hour. He said he liked the concept and wanted a narration. As a struggling assistant director, I was very happy to receive positive feedback from a star. I decided to meet him with the script but I got a message from his manager that he was busy so I left the script with them but there was no response,” Chandra told PTI.

He alleged that Ayushmann stopped responding to his messages and his manager told him that he was not interested in doing a movie on baldness. “I was surprised to hear the announcement that he was going to do a movie on the theme. I immediately sent them a legal notice,” Chandra said.

Makers of Bala and Ayushmann could not be reached for comment. Ayushmann had earlier dismissed Chandra’s claims. “I got the same idea from six different people. I’ll just go with the person who is more credible. There was a film called ‘Hair is Falling’ in 2011 and there were a lot of films which were made on receding hairline but they were not successful,” he had told reporters earlier.

(With inputs from PTI)

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