A senior theatre artiste and writer from Bhopal on Thursday accused the makers of the upcoming Bollywood film “Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai” of not giving credit to him for his script and warned of legal action if his grievance was not addressed.
Nazeer Qureshi said the film was based on one of his stories with the same title published in a newspaper in 1990s.
“The story was about the girl dancers of the Bediya community of Bundelkhand region. The then good friend Arvind Tripathi, also from Bhopal, insisted on making a film on the subject and I agreed. I completed the entire screenplay and dialogues of the film. Meanwhile, Arvind was busy searching for a producer. The search ended with KK Mundhada and the film went on floor.
“After the shooting, I was hinted about some changes in the script and the entire credit being given to someone else. I confronted Arvind on the same. When we were promoting the film, the posters had my name. This was four-five months back. Recently, the production house released the trailer, but it did not have my name. I tried contacting the team but they haven’t responded till date,” said Qureshi.
The film, produced under the banner of Harikripa Films, features Rajpal Yadav, Bharti Sharma, Sudha Chandran, Yashpal Sharma, Milind Gunaji, Raghuveer Yadav, Rakesh Bedi and Ehsaan Khan in lead roles. The current film poster displays the name of Masud Mirza as its writer.
Asked what could be the possible reason for not giving him the due credit, Qureshi said, “All the actors agreed to do the film considering the strong script. The producer and director were insecure about the writer getting the credit.”
When contacted, creative producer Piyush Mundhada said he did not have any knowledge about the matter. Director Arvind Tripathi, however, said, “Nazeer ji is a respected artiste of Bhopal but I am not in a position to help him. He wants his name to be highlighted in the posters and the film but we cannot do anything as T Series is taking care of all the commercial issues now. ”