Filmmaker Pooja Bhatt, who took to Twitter to express her anger over Vipul Shah for the title of Akshay Kumar-starrer Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, claims she has a letter from the Film and Tevlevision Guild of India.
The actress-turned filmmaker made the claim when Shah reportedly denied having approached the Guild for rights to the title Holiday.
Pooja Bhatt too released a film titled Holiday in 2006.
@Bollyhungama MR. Shah dismisses my statement about him approaching Guild as untrue?Have an email from Kulmeet Makkar (GUILD) saying he did.— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) February 13, 2014
Bhatt earlier wrote that she had refused to share the title with producer Vipul Shah. "Vipul Shah approached me for Holiday and I refused. He approached (the) Guild (Film and Television Producers Guild Of India) - Rejected. Next stop? IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures' Producers Association) where he registered Holiday with a tag line," Pooja posted on Twitter on Wednesday.
Pooja has earlier had problems with another Akshay-starrer - Thank You. She had registered the title for a remake of her father Mahesh Bhatt's film Arth. However, it was used by Anees Bazmee.
"First Thank You and then Holiday! Akshay Kumar's producers have an affinity for the titles of my films. Gentle Reminder - Karma can be a bitch," Pooja Bhatt posted on Twitter.
I am fighting a lone battle still with regards to THANK YOU. The HOLIDAY issue proves nothing has changed,the rot remains & might is right!— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) February 12, 2014
Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty also stars Sonakshi Sinha.
Akshay Kumar, who will be seen as a Defence Intelligence Agent in Holiday: A Soldier Never Off Duty, says he enjoyed the role "more than I ever imagined".
First THANK YOU then HOLIDAY! Akshay Kumar's producers have an affinity for the titles of my films.Gentle Reminder- 'Karma can be a bitch'!— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) February 12, 2014
Earlier, talking on the sidelines of the first trailer launch of Holiday, Akshay said, "It's the first time that I'm playing a DIA, a role I've enjoyed portraying more than I ever imagined. The next time someone asks me what I'd have done if I weren't an actor, I'd say that being a DIA is on the top of my list."
The action-thriller has been directed by AR Murugadoss and produced by Vipul Shah.
"To work alongside my long time friend Vipul after so many extraordinary films together, on a project that is helmed by Murugadoss, is of course something I couldn't wait to get my hands on," said Akshay, who teamed up with Shah for super hits like Waqt - Race against Time and Namastey London in the past.
Murugadoss, who has also directed southern films like Thuppakki and Stalin, was a little apprehensive before he took on the film. "I was a little reserved initially, but Akshay made me feel comfortable. Now, I can say that I've got a close friend in the Hindi film industry," said Murugadoss.
The director also praised Shah for his support and added: "Being a filmmaker, Vipul sir lends his directors great support."
Being presented by Reliance Entertainment, the film will hit theatres June 6.