Bala: Two filmmakers move court, alleging Ayushmann Khurrana's upcoming film is plagiarised from their works
Kamal Kant Chandra has moved to the Supreme Court, and said he hopes to get a stay on Bala before its 7 November release
Ayushmann Khurrana's new film Bala has landed in trouble with two filmmakers approaching courts with claims that it has plagiarised their concepts about a bald man and his many travails.
While Kamal Kant Chandra, who is working on his debut film Marksheet, approached the Bombay High Court and then the Supreme Court, filmmaker Naman Goyal has gone to the Jaipur district court.
On Monday, the Supreme Court directed the Bombay High Court to arrive at a resolution by 8 November.
A Jaipur district court has summoned the producers of Bala to appear before the court on Wednesday in a plagiarism case.
Chandra, who filed a case in the Bombay High Court and later moved to the Supreme Court, said he hopes to get a stay on Bala before its 7 November release.
Claiming that Bala is lifted from his script, Chandra said he met Ayushmann during the shooting of Bareilly Ki Barfi and in September 2017 sent him the concept via WhatsApp.
"I got a message from Ayushmann within an hour. He said he liked the concept and wanted a narration. As a struggling assistant director, I was very happy to receive positive feedback from the star. I decided to meet him with the script but I got a message from his manager that he was busy so I left the script with them but there was no response," Chandra told Press Trust of India.
He alleged that Ayushmann stopped responding to his messages and his manager told him he was not interested in doing a movie on baldness.
"I let it be but I was surprised to hear the announcement that he was going to do a movie on the theme. I immediately sent them a legal notice," Chandra told Press Trust of India.
According to Chandra, the entire trailer of Bala is based on the concept he sent Ayushmann.
The story, he said, is his own biopic and is about how inner beauty is more important than physical appearance.
Filmmaker Naman Goyal also claimed that several scenes and content of Bala were lifted from his award-winning short film The Beginning To Get Bald.
An appeal was submitted on 2 November against the producers as well as the director and writer of the film for copyright violation.
While hearing the plea on Monday, the Jaipur court issued a notice to Bala producer Maddock Films to appear before the court on 6 November, counsel for the petitioner GD Bansal said on Tuesday.
Efforts to contact the producers of Bala and Ayushmann were unsuccessful.
Ayushmann had earlier dismissed Chandra's claims.
"I got the same idea from six different people. I'll just go with the person who is more credible. There was a film called Hair is Falling in 2011 and there were a lot of films which were made on receding hairline but they were not successful," he had told reporters earlier.
Bala had also faced a legal challenge from the makers of Ujda Chaman. However, the makers have now withdrawn their case.
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