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Chatur in a pickle

Actor Omi Vaidya of 3 Idiots fame reacts to 4 Idiots controversy.

entertainment Updated: May 10, 2010 00:35 IST

Actor Omi Vaidya has unwittingly found himself in the middle of a controversy. Vaidya, who shot to fame owing to his stint as Chatur in filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 3 Idiots, has now lent his voice to a film titled 4 Idiots, which has come under fire by Chopra for copyright infringement. Made by filmmaker Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, 4 Idiots is an animation film.

On Saturday morning, Chopra had sent a legal notice to Chowdhury, accusing him of making a film with an uncanny resemblance to 3 Idiots. The notice asks Chowdhury to immediately cease or desist any sort of advertisement, promotion or publicising of the film.

Chopra later also obtained a stay order to stall the premier of the film in Lucknow.

Vaidya, meanwhile, says, “Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raju Hirani (3 Idiots director) are the two people I owe my career and my popularity to. I’d never want to do anything that could cause either of them a moment’s distress.”

He adds that he had no clue he was signing up for a film titled 4 Idiots, “I was approached for an educational animated film to help students. The aim was to reduce student suicides. All I’ve done is lent my voice to a character called Pappu. There was no title when I lent my voice about two months ago. This is a non commercial venture... I guess my voice is distinctive and probably would add some entertainment to the learning.”

Chowdhury, on his part, says, “I guess Mr Chopra has little less understanding about the copyright law, which is evident by the controversy that revolved around his film. And now he is doing the same with my film by sending such a notice. I have not done anything wrong and all the legalities related to our film are in place. I shall send Mr Chopra a reply by Monday morning. Films always derive inspiration from something, and ours is inspired from 3 Idiots. But it’s certainly not copied.”