Writer Kapil Chopra had dragged the Bhatts to court for allegedly stealing the script for Jannat 2, which he claims is his. He says the producers have not given him credit, and also haven’t paid him the claimed Rs. 10 lakh that the court has asked them to. Meanwhile, there is an injunction on selling the television rights of the film.
“They are habitual offenders, they are vilifying me because they have huge clout with the media. They say that they’ve paid the money. It’s a lie,” says Kapil.
The Film Writers Association (FWA) has acknowledged the resemblance between Kapil’s registered script and the action-thriller, Jannat 2, directed by Kunal Deshmukh. Kapil, it seems, had discussed the script with the director in 2008. He says they have made some changes to it to spice it up. “Over the last year-and-a-half, they have doctored it, changing little bits without notifying me,” says Kapil.
Reportedly, the court has slapped an injunction on the Bhatts, and said the filmmakers must deposit R10 lakh if they want to sell the television rights before the final verdict on the plagiarism case.
According to Kapil’s lawyer, Rashmin Khandekar, “The FWA order says that Jannat 2 is not an original work. So we argued that as the movie is released and the DVD is out, there should be an injunction so the makers can’t sell the TV rights.”
Apparently, injunction aside, the producers have to pay R10 lakh to Kapil.Kapil says, “Any writer fights to get credit. My minimum wage is R10 lakh. They have a business model where they don’t pay hefty sums to their actors, which I respect, because they make stars out of newcomers. But then, actors make money later. For writers, the little money and the credits are all we get.”
This is a false case: Mahesh Bhatt
“Kapil had discussed an idea with my director. He’s claiming money for something which is not his. The screenplay is by Shagufta (Rafique) and we have paid her for it. The case is still sub-judice and we are not supposed to pay him. We have to deposit the money with the court if we want to sell the satellite rights before the verdict. We’ve already spent around R50 lakh over a false case. Once this is over, Shagufta will file a case against him.”