Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s upcoming film Jhund lands in a legal trouble as Hyderabad based filmmaker Nandi Chinni Kumar has sent legal notices to makers and actor Amitabh Bachchan for copyright infringement.
Kumar, an independent filmmaker, sent the notices to ‘Jhund’ director and producer, Nagraj Manjule, producer Krishan Kumar, T-Series Chairman and Managing Director Bhushan Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Slum Soccer founder Vijay Barse, on whose life the film is said to be based on.
According to a report by IANS, the filmmaker told that he got the reply to the notice only from T-Series but it was ‘very vague’. He said that he was cheated and criminally intimidated by the makers of the film.
Jhund lands in legal trouble
Kumar plans to stop the screening of the movie in theatres, television and all digital platforms for which he will move to court. He claims that he had bought exclusive rights to make a movie on the life of Akhilesh Paul, a slum soccer player who was the Indian captain at the Homeless World Cup in 2017.
He adds that he had planned to write and direct the multilingual movie tentatively titled ‘Slum Soccer.‘ He further alleges that he was cheated and criminally intimidated by makers of the film, and now he plans to move the court to stop screening of the movie in theatres, television and all digital platforms.
“Though Nagaraj Manjule, director of Marathi blockbuster Sairat, bought rights to make a movie on the life of Vijay Barse, who is the coach of Akhilesh Paul, his film Jhund’ also showcases Akhilesh’s story in a major role, thus allegedly violating the copyrights.” says Kumar to Indo Asian News Service.
He feels Nagraj Manjule claimed to have bought rights from Akhilesh Paul for Rs 4 lakh but was reluctant to show the documents. “Even Akhilesh denied selling him the rights. Nagraj humiliated me and forced to come for settlement without showing papers,” Kumar said.
Jhund is based on 73-year old Vijay Barse, a man who had changed the lives of hundreds of slum children through soccer. A retired sports teacher, Vijay founded an NGO called Slum Soccer and managed to rehabilitate street kids by keeping them off drugs and crime by turning them into soccer players and eventually building a whole team.
The film will be directed by Nagraj Manjule and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Raaj Hiremath, Savita Raj Hiremath.