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Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene in trouble

Zayed Khan starrer Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene is in limbo as writers go to court to settle credit claims.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2010 21:15 IST

If the recent developments are any indication, it looks like Zayed Khan-Ranvijay Singh starrer Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene is in for a major legal hurdle. HT Café had broken the story (on September 2, 2009) about Anand Kumar (director of Delhii Heights and Jugaad) having filed a complaint with the Film Writers' Association (FWA) about the story being stolen by his colleague Rajesh Chawla and being sold to Savitha Raj of Tandav Films.

Kumar submitted before the association that he along with Vivek Chaudhary, Rajesh Chawla and Gagan Banga wrote the script, then titled ATM, collectively and had mutually decided that no one of them had the right to sell it in their individual capacity.

After hearing everyone associated with the script, the Dispute Settlement Committee (DSC) of the FWA came to the conclusion that since the script was written collectively by the four writers, the credit for the script should also be shared by all four and they should get an equal share of the remuneration.

The DSC also noted that it was "aggrieved that Chawla had tried to pass off a combined effort of four writers as his own individual work." The DSC also opined that they had the right to "propose to the Executive Committee of the FWA to take action against Chawla as per its constitution."

Legal route

On being contacted, Kumar said he was happy with the conclusion of the DSC and on the basis of this, he would take Chawla to court. "I worked hard on the script along with Vivek and Gagan. We included Rajesh as he's our childhood friend. But he stabbed us in the back, claiming credit for the script. Vivek has written the screenplay of Sharafat, but the original script is mine. I'll make Rajesh pay for this," he asserted.

On her part, producer Savitha Raj of Tandav Films doesn't want to get embroiled into this controversy. "My documents are in place, both from the point of view of the copyright laws and the FWA. I have nothing to do with this issue. It seems to be a dispute between Rajesh and the others."

Interestingly, one of the writers also has a recording of the conversation with Raj, in which she's believed to have said that she consulted an established writer before going ahead with this project. When told about the recording, Raj wonders, "What's the use of recording a meeting? I told them that I'm not going to be party to anything that wasn't right."