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Ayushmann Khurrana in legal trouble, accused of stealing Kamal Kant’s idea for Bala

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana will be seen as a bald man in Amar Kaushik’s Bala. However, Kamal Kant Chandra has accused them of stealing the idea from his project, titled Wig.

bollywood Updated: Mar 14, 2019 19:16 IST
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Ayushmann Khurrana will be playing a bald man in Bala.
Ayushmann Khurrana will be playing a bald man in Bala. (Instagram)

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana owned 2018 with two back-to-back hits, Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho. The actor has several interesting projects lined up this year, including a film titled Bala, about premature balding. However, even before work has commenced on the film, the actor along with the producer Dinesh Vijan and director Amar Kaushik have landed in legal trouble.

According to a report in Nav Bharat Times, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana assistant director Kamal Kant Chandra filed a case in the Bombay High Court on Friday against the trio, accusing them of lifting the idea from his project, Wig.

The report states that Kamal Kant, who assisted on films such as Daav Dev and Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, has claimed meeting Ayushmann on the sets of his film Bareilly Ki Barfi. Kamal told NBT that he had gone to meet actor Rajkummar Rao on the sets of Bareilly Ki Barfi and got to meet Ayushmann as well. Kamal said that he shared his idea of a man struggling with premature balding with Ayushmann on Whatsapp, who really liked it and invited him to discuss it. Kamal alleges that while Ayushmann did not follow up with him at all, the actor came up with a similar film idea after a few days.

Kamal added that he had sent a legal notice to all three -- Ayushmann, Dinesh and Amar but did not get any response and therefore, went on to file a case against them.

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On being asked about the same, Amar, who is currently busy with the recee for the film in Lucknow, said, “I have no idea about all this. We have been writing the story since 4-5 months. The two characters might be similar, I don’t know. Neither I know his script nor I have ever met him. There can be many stories about a bald man. I have been writing my story since day one. I don’t know anything else. As far as the case is concerned, the producers will look into it.”

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First Published: Mar 14, 2019 19:15 IST

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