HC seeks reply from makers of ‘PK’ on alleged plagiarism
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought response from the producers and directors of Aamir Khan starrer film “PK” on a plea by a novelist accusing the makers of lifting certain portions from his book “Farishta” published in 2013.
Justice Najmi Waziri asked novelist Kapil Isapuri and the counsel appearing for filmmakers Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raj Kumar Hirani whether it wasn’t possible that two individuals get the same idea at same time.
“Divine nature has given us such senses that two individuals can in fact get a same idea at the same time,” the judge said.
The court also asked the petitioner as what will be the outcome of his plea at this juncture when the movie has been released and successfully screened all over the country and how will he pursue the matter.
To this, the counsel appearing for Isapuri said that once respondents file their replies he will be able to pursue the matter.
Counsel for filmmakers argued that according to the custom and practice of Bollywood, the script of the movie was first registered with the Writers Association in Mumbai on July 29, 2010 with the title “Ghar Jaana Hai”.
He informed the court that subsequently five versions of the script were submitted on various dates till 2011 and final version of the script was registered in 2012 with a title “PK” and the movie was released in December 2014.
Counsel for novelist said that he had submitted his first manuscript to a publication house in October 2009 and the novel was first brought into public domain in 2013 with the title “Farishta”.
On being asked by the court whether he was alleging that any publication house may have leaked it to the filmmakers, Isapuri replied in negative but did not completely rule it out saying he had given the manuscripts of the novel to several publication houses.
The court then asked the filmmakers to file their replies to the plea and written statements by four weeks and posted the matter for further hearing on September 1.
Isapuri moved the court alleging that Chopra and Hirani, who directed the film, their respective production companiesas well as scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi have “stolen the characters, expression of ideas, scenes (sequences) from the novel”.
He has sought punitive damages of Rs one crore from the makers along with credit for his work.