The Delhi High Court today asked the producers and writers of Bhoothnath Returns, starring Amitabh Bachchan, to try to settle the dispute with a Hindi writer who is alleging the flick is based on his short story.
"The petitioner is saying the heart of the movie, which
is the trailer, is the complete adaptation of his literary
work. Just have a meeting with him (writer) and see whether
something can be done or not. Be truthful," a bench of Acting
Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul said.
Senior advocate Pratibha Maninder Singh, appearing for
Sushant Supriya, Hindi short story writer and poet, referred
to nine expressions from the trailer of the movie, which is
scheduled to hit theatres across the country on April 11 and
said they have been copied from short story Bhootnath of the
writer published in 2007 in Hindi magazine Aaj Kal.
"I am not seeking injunction against the release of the
movie," the lawyer said.
"Then what do you want?," the bench asked.
"I want the credit," the lawyer said and referred to the
reviews of 2008 flick Bhoothnath, which also had Mr Bachchan in
lead role, in support of her submission.
"It is notable even the first Bhoothnath film was a copy
of the The Canterville Ghost, a short story by Oscar Wilde.
"The defendants have never made an original film on the
theme of a friendly ghost, and have not done so in the case of
the infringing film as well," the petition said.
The lawyer said Bhoothnath Returns is not the sequel of
earlier movie Bhoothnath.
"Unlike most sequels, the infringing film is based on an
entirely new storyline from the first Bhoothnath film, and has
no relationship with the first film, especially in terms of
the supporting cast.
"Even the central character of the infringing film has no
relationship with the central character of the first Bhoothnath
film. This demonstrates that the infringing film has
appropriated the Plaintiffs original literary work," the
The bench ordered the listing of the appeal for hearing tomorrow after the counsel for Sushant Supriya, Hindi short story writer and poet, said the film, scheduled to hit theatres across the country on April 11, is based on his work.
Bhoothnath Returns, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, is a horror-cum-comedy film and is a sequel to the 2008 flick Bhoothnath. The film has been produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ravi Chopra and co-produced by Ajay Kapoor.
Besides Mr Bachchan, Boman Irani and Shahrukh Khan will be seen in supporting roles.
Ranbir Kapoor also has a cameo in the film.