Recently, Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar’s upcoming film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ has ran into legal trouble as documentary filmmaker Praveen Vyas has sued the makers of the film for allegedly copying the plot and scenes from his documentary ‘Manini ‘.
Vyas has alleged that several scenes and dialogues from the upcoming Independence Day release are a direct copy of his documentary and addressed the legal notices to the Bollywood film’s production and distribution company, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.
Director Shree Narayan Singh laughs off the allegation. A statement was released by the Director of the film, that stated “Any film on open-air defecation would have generic similarities. And Mr Vyas is taking undue advantage of those incidental similarities that he may have perceived. Luckily for us, we are very clear about this situation. Our writers Siddharth and Garima registered this script in 2014. Every scene that we’ve shot is in that script that was duly registered three years ago. We have the script’s registered copy at the Writers’ Association with us in hard copy, signed and official.”
Significantly, Shree Narayan points out that Vyas’ short film came out much later. “His film was uploaded on the Internet on October 19, 2016, almost two years after we registered our script. It’s therefore humanly impossible for us to have peeped into Mr Vyas’ script. And hypothetically speaking, if we had looked at his short film, how could we make a film based on his work in just the months since October 2016? Filmmaking is not an easy medium that we could finish everything from casting to shooting in a matter of days.”
“We are very sure about our intentions and the chronology of our film’s development and shooting. We thought of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha long before the Swachh Bharat andolan whereas Vyas made his short film specifically for that andolan,” Shree Narayan concluded.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is slated to release on 11 August.