Netflix to sue Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil for plagiarism of its original production Daredevil?

FP Staff

Dec 16, 2016 11:23:02 IST

A day after the Shia community voiced opposition against a particular shot in the trailer of Rahul Dholakia's Raees, its box-office rival, Sanjay Gupta's Kaabil, also finds itself on the verge of legal trouble, but from a completely different quarter and for a completely different reason.

Netflix to sue Hrithik Roshans Kaabil for plagiarism of its original production Daredevil?

Hrithik Roshan in a still from Kaabil. YouTube

Mumbai Mirror reports that the American entertainment production company Netflix is planning to sue the makers of Kaabil for plagiarism. The report states that Netflix finds glaring similarities between the promos of Kaabil and its original production Daredevil.

Three similarities have been pointed out by Netflix yet. Firstly, the protagonists of both the productions are blind. Secondly, some of the choreography for the action scenes shown in the promos of the film have been directly lifted from those in Daredevil. Thirdly, the colour scheme of the two productions also looks quite similar.

However, Gupta has refuted the allegations of Netflix. Mumbai Mirror quoted him as saying, "It's a preposterous comparison because Hrithik (Roshan) is not a superhero in Kaabil. His character is of a blind man who does what he does best. In Daredevil, the protagonist fights 30 people at the same time. None of that is happening in Kaabil. If they sue us, we will definitely fight back."

In a fresh twist, The Indian Express reports that a spokesperson of Netflix has clarified that they do not have any plan to sue the makers of Kaabil and are looking into how the rumour originated.

Going by the promos, Kaabil does look like the revenge story of an underdog, rather than a superhero flick. Also, coincidentally, Shah Rukh Khan and the co-producer of Raees recently signed a three-year deal with Netflix in which the films produced under his banner Red Chillies Entertainment will be available for viewing by subscribers all across the world.

However, Gupta's plagiarism record is well-documented. His 2002 action ensemble Kaante was allegedly plagiarised from American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's 1992 crime thriller Reservoir Dogs. Also, his 2006 directorial Zinda was copied from Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook's 2003 neo-noir mystery thriller Oldboy. His last outing Jazbaa, that released last year, was also the official remake of another South Korean film by Won Shin-yun, the 2007 crime thriller Seven Days.

Kaabil stars Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Rohit and Ronit Roy. It is co-produced by Hrithik's father Rakesh Roshan under FilmKraft Productions and Gupta under White Feather Films. It is slated to release on 25 January, 2017.

Updated Date: Dec 16, 2016 14:39:02 IST