Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose upcoming film Guzaarish is facing controversy over copyright, says he was clueless about it and that UTV Motion Pictures would give a legal reply in the case.
"I don’t know anything about this. I don't want to get into all this. UTV Motion Pictures would give a legal reply to the notice," says the 47-year-old director.
Novelist Dayanand Raajan had claimed that the plot of the film was plagiarised from his unpublished novel, Summer Snow. "The film has many similarities with my novel including the main plot, the love story, the hero being wheel chair bound due to an accident and even the mercy killing. I had shown my novel to few people in the industry but I have no idea who leaked it," Raajan says.
Raajan had sent a notice to UTV Motion Pictures and Bhansali demanding an explanation on the similarities between the movie and his novel.
“One fine day before the release of the film, people say their content or story or plot has been plagiarised,” Bhansali says. Guzaarish hits cinemas houses on November 19 and has Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead roles. It explores the life of a paraplegic and deals with the moral and emotional implications of mercy killing.