Ever since Shah Rukh Khan introduced the trailer of his film Zero directed by Anand L Rai on Twitter on January 1, the film has been making news. While the most noise has been made by the news of King Khan playing the character of a vertically challenged person, that Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma will be sharing screen-space with the actor has also spiked the excitement of the fans. However, a quick look through the Internet, especially Twitter, shows how many have been writing to the star pointing out that the lines he used to introduce the first trailer of Zero is actually a copy of a writer’s published work.
Mithelesh Baria, who is a writer and a seemingly active Twitter user wrote the lines “टिकेटें लेकर बैठें हैं मेरी ज़िन्दगी की कुछ लोग …. तमाशा भी भरपूर होना चाहिए” in 2015. According to Twitter users who claim to be his friends and are asking Khan to give Baria “due credits”, the lines were also published in his book thereafter. So, amidst the fervour and excitement with which many are waiting for the film to hit the screens, a lot of people on the micro-blogging site have risen up to the occasion, asking Khan and Rai to ensure that Baria gets his due recognition.
This is Khan’s tweet.
टिकटें लिए बैठें हैं लोग मेरी ज़िंदगी की, तमाशा भी पूरा होना चाहिए!
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 1, 2018
This is Baria’s tweet from May, 2015.
टिकेटें लेकर बैठें हैं मेरी ज़िन्दगी की कुछ लोग …. तमाशा भी भरपूर होना चाहिए …. #mbaria
— Hindi (@mithelesh) May 31, 2015
Here is how Netizens are lobbying in support of Baria and trying to get SRK’s attention to the matter at hand.
Above lines are so beautiful but it will appear much much beautiful when the actual writer @mithelesh #mbaria will get its due credit.
You being a great actor, art lover, humble n responsible person… We are expecting you to understand this concern.
— Siddhant | اصول (@Siddhant01) January 3, 2018
— बूँद (@drpandey) January 1, 2018
— Sinful (@Faaltu_Gyaan) January 2, 2018
— Smriti! (@Whiz_Divine) January 2, 2018
— GRV (@MildlyClassic) January 2, 2018
— Gopal Das Agrawal (@GDAgrawal) January 3, 2018
The fact that you went out of the way to get @mithelesh his credit says alot about how wonderful you are @iamrana Aapa.@iamsrk Shahrukh, I love you! And #mbaria is my friend. He deserves the mention darling 😘
— Pooja Punjabi (@pooja_punjabi) January 3, 2018
— anand pandey (@anandnama) January 3, 2018
The words you have used were written by @mithelesh in 2015.
Dont you feel he deserves credit?
As an artist I’m sure you will gladly acknowledge the work of another @iamsrk pic.twitter.com/uus2OhYafX
— Rana Safvi رعنا राना (@iamrana) January 2, 2018
Dear @aanandlrai sir,
I believe you are a person who promote the new talent always But the promotional line used for your upcoming movie #Zero is originally written by @mithelesh sir. The line is also published in his book choti choti baatein.
He deserves credit for his lines. https://t.co/EEtFKttPlz
— अनम.. (@Anam6342) January 3, 2018
Dear Sir #SRK,
Am sure you believe in respecting the work of writers & acknowledging the proper credits. https://t.co/FqXeg7sA31
— Pavan Jha (@p1j) January 2, 2018
Dear Sahrukh khan
आपको आने वाली फ़िल्म के लिए ढेर सारी शुभकामनाएं , और साथ ही साथ @mithelesh जी को शुभकामनाए क्यूंकि *टिकटें लेकर बैठें है..*this word written by @mithelesh in 2015
Dear शाहरुख आपसे गुजारिश है ये word use करते वक्त @mithelesh को credit मिलना अनिवार्य है..
— Bhushan Bari (@bhushanbari1987) January 2, 2018
— Abhishek Pandey (@AbhiTalkies) January 2, 2018