This would not be the first time when a director is blamed for plagiarism thou!
With the onset of period films having a successful run at the box office in our country, one thing that all filmmakers have in mind is to find unique characters of the past to revolve a film around.
From Sanjay Leela Bhansali to Ashutosh Gowariker, this race has all big names with A-list actors essaying the roles of iconic historic people. Latest we hear is that Ashutosh’s period film Mohenjo Daro that is scheduled to release next year is copied from Akashaditya Lama’s play.
Speaking to a leading daily, the director revealed SHOCKING facets of the film that is under productions in parts of Gujarat, Jabalpur and Mumbai. The idea of the story came to Lama in 1995 when he was studying in Gwalior. Two years later, he moved to Mumbai and assisted Anil Sharma on his 2001 period love story, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. He shared that during that time there was hardly any fiction available on Mohenjo Daro and little information about the ancient city apart from a few artifacts found during excavations, including figurines of a dancing girl and a priest king. In 2003, he shared his script with his friend, editor Ballu (Jaswinder) Saluja, an associate of Ashutosh Gowariker, who sketched it out to Ashutosh, who then wanted to read it.
"I sent him a handwritten script through Saluja which he returned after four days saying that he had just directed a period movie (Lagaan) and didn't wish to make another one immediately ,” said Lama.
However, Lama was surprised to learn that Gowariker had lifted his original script for the Hrithik-starrer. “I was surprised to learn that Gowariker had already commenced his film's pre-production. After re-confirming from several sources that his Mohenjo Daro is very similar to my script, I sent him another mail on July 18, 2014, reminding him about the script I had sent to him in 2002-2003.”
Lama registered his script titled Saamrajya under the Copyrights Act with Ministry of Human Resources Development in 2007. He feared his title and script could be stolen with period dramas in vogue after Lagaan and Gadar. He went on to re-register the same script online in February 2010 with the title Mohenjo Daro with the Ministry of Human Resources Development and the Department of Higher Education, Government of India, under the Copyright Act. Two days later, he also registered the same script with the same title with the Film Writers Association, Mumbai.
“After Ashutosh Gowariker announced his film, our financier backed out. It is causing us tremendous financial loss as well as hampering our credibility in the trade," he further added.
Meanwhile Ashutosh Gowariker’s lawyer stated, "Our client states that they had received a script from Mr Ballu Saluja in 2003. However, our client returned the script to Mr Ballu Saluja immediately without reading the same."
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