Now, Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ in big trouble as Delhi HC issues notice to movie makers for plagiarism

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New Delhi | Updated: Jan 28, 2015 10:18 AM

'PK', starring Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt and Sushant Singh Rajput in pivotal roles, is a satire on Hindu godmen.

Rajkumar Hirani directed Aamir Khan starrer PK holds most of the box office collections records now, breaking the ones set by all previous releases, but a surprise has been unveiled. (Bollywood Hungama)Rajkumar Hirani directed Aamir Khan starrer ‘PK’ holds most of the box office collections records now, breaking almost all major ones from previous releases. (Bollywood Hungama)

The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the producers and directors of Aamir Khan starrer ‘PK’ on a novelist’s plea accusing the makers of the movie of plagiarising certain portions from his Hindi book ‘Farishta’ published in 2013.

Justice Najmi Waziri asked Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raj Kumar Hirani, who directed the film, their respective production companies and scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi to appear before joint registrar of the high court on April 16 for recording of evidence in this regard.

“Notice issued. Let them (film makers) say what they have to say in regard to the allegation before joint registrar,” the judge said.

The court’s notice came on a plea by Kapil Isapuri alleging that Chopra and Hirani, directors of the film, their production companies and scriptwriter Joshi have “stolen the characters, expression of ideas, scenes (sequences) from the novel”.

He sought punitive damages of Rs 1 crore from the makers along with credit for his work.

Also read: Now, Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ targeted in court, sued for Rs 1 crore

In his plea filed through advocate Jyotika Kalra, Isapuri claimed that in his novel he “has criticised blind following of so-called godmen” as well as that “profession of religion is not natural but is man-made and artificial” and “in a group of people nobody can identify their respective religion”.

He also claimed that various other issues raised by the movie have been “copied” from his book.

PK, PK controversy, PK ban, PK Hindu organisations, PK protestHind outfits had earlier sought action against members of the Censor Board who granted a certificate to Aamir Khan’s PK. (Bollywood Hungama)

“That the novel has many more such situations which have been very cleverly copied by the defendants in the film by making minor changes and insignificant variations,” the petition claimed.

‘PK’, starring Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt and Sushant Singh Rajput in pivotal roles, is a satire on godmen. It narrates the story of an alien (Aamir) who comes to Earth on a research mission and befriends a television journalist Jagat (Anushka) and questions religious dogmas and superstitions.

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