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Jaipur filmmaker files copyright infringement case against Toilet: Ek Prem Katha makers

Filmmaker Praatik Sharma has alleged that the makers of Akshay Kumar-starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha had lifted the punchline and subject from his film Gutrun Gutar Gun.

bollywood Updated: Jul 18, 2017 13:02 IST

Indo Asian News Service, Jaipur
Akshay Kumar is Keshav and Bhumi Pednekar is Jaya in Toilet Ek Prem Katha.
Akshay Kumar is Keshav and Bhumi Pednekar is Jaya in Toilet Ek Prem Katha.

A Jaipur-based filmmaker, Praatik Sharma, has moved the court against the makers of Akshay Kumar-starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha for allegedly lifting the punchline and the subject from his film Gutrun Gutar Gun.

A copyright infringement case was filed by Sharma against Plan C Studios, an alliance between Reliance Entertainment and Friday Filmworks helmed by Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia, and Viacom18 on July 7 in a Jaipur Metropolitan Court. The court has issued a notice returnable on July 22.

When IANS contacted the makers of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha about the allegation, they refused to comment.

“Plan C is producing it and Viacom18 is serving as a producer and presenter. There is one line in my movie - ‘aurat shadi karke ghar mai aati hai, usko toilet nahi milta, bawal hota hai, ant mai pati usko toilet bana kar deta hai.’ (a woman gets married and then doesn’t find a toilet at home, creates a scene and ultimately a toilet is constructed).

“Because of this line the distributors are telling me my film is the same film as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha,” Sharma, who had finished making Gutrun Gutar Gun in 2015.

His film, he says, had got a certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification in the same year but they could not release it for lack of money for distribution.

The film, which highlights the problem of houses without toilets, was even screened for Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and other dignitaries, Sharma said.

“We also sent our film to festivals like Delhi International Film Festival, Indian Film Festival Melbourne, Australia and Rajasthan International Film festival,” he said.

After struggling for two years, his team was ready to release it on July 28 this year. “But distributors have backed out saying our film is similar to ‘Toilet...’. They said even if they put it up, they would remove it from screens if asked to. This is unfair,” Sharma said.

He said he is hoping to get justice in court. “We believe in law. I know we will get justice,” he said about the film, whose cast is led by actor Asmita Sharma.

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First Published: Jul 18, 2017 13:02 IST

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