Hindi Medium makers sued for copyright infringement by directors of Bengali film Ramdhanu
Saket Chaudhary's slice of life drama Hindi Medium has recorded resounding success at the box office with its limited budget and amplified earnings. Now, one and a half months after its release, Bengali filmmaker duo Shiboprasad Mukerjee and Nandita Roy, have accused the film of plagiarism and got an injunction on its release on any new platform, including on television.
Mid-Day reports that Roy and Mukjherjee, who were occupied with the release of their film Posto, got the opportunity to see the film after their friends pointed out glaring similarities between Hindi Medium and their 2014 Bengali family drama Ramdhanu.
Scroll reports that the two filmmakers filed a copyright infringement case against the makers of Hindi Medium in an Alipore, West Bengal court. The judge imposed a restraining order on the release of the film on other platforms including CDs, DVDs, television, internet or extra territorial rights till 28 July.
However, the makers of Hindi Medium have refuted Roy and Mukherjee's claims. The report by Mid-Day quotes Bhushan Kumar, co-producer of the film and owner of T-Series Films, as saying, "Going by the plot and summary of the film that I just read, I'm confident of the originality of Hindi Medium. I will be happy to go through legal channels to prove this and I hope this furore isn't owing to the success of Hindi Medium."