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High Court issues notice to makers of ‘PK’ for alleged plagiarism


New Delhi: 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 also issued notice Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raj Kumar Hirani who directed the film, their respective production companies and scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi, directing them to file their responses on a plea seeking direction to restrain the release of the movie in China.

“Notice issued. Let them (film makers) file their replies within four week,” the judge said, adding that the stay cannot be granted “since the film has been released worldwide and neither this court nor any other has given any injunction”. The film was released in China on May 22.

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”.

“Restrain the defendants (PK makers), their agents, distributors, attorney, servants, associates employee etc. from telecasting, or broadcasting or in any other manner communicating to the public at China the Film titled PK or its sequels or itsĀ  reproduction in any forms,” the plea said.

It also sought “order for the seizure of all the copies of the film ‘PK'”.

The plea said that “further profits or fame earned by the film ‘PK’ at China would be at the cost of the hard work of the plaintiff”.

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