The filmmaker claims that the script of 'Bala' by Ayushmann Khurrana has been extracted from the story of his life
Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer 'Bullet' faces fresh legal hassle over plagiarism charges, with a budding director named Kamal Kant Chandra claiming that the film's script has been stolen from his biopic. Chandra has demanded a permanent stay on the release of 'Bullet' because it is his "life story".
"I want that there should be a permanent stay on the film 'Bullet' , and that I get to make the film. It is basically my biopic. It's my life story," said Chandra, whose upcoming film 'Marksheet' features Mahesh bhatt .
Ever since its release date was announced, 'Bullet' has courted one controversy after the other. First, there was the clash with 'Ujda Chaman' , which was averted. Then, a Jaipur court issued summons against the film's producers, after a man named Naman Goyal alleged that 'Bullet' was plagiarised from his short film.
Chandra's accusation that Ayushmann and the creators of the film have drawn the concept of his life story is the latest in the line of such accusations.
Chandra says that it all started in 2017, when he approached Ayushmann to star in his film, about a young man suffering from premature baldness.
I met Ayushmann during the 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' promotion, he recalled.
A meeting between the two was arranged, but the actor did not show up. Still, the director shared the story with him. He continued with the actor for the next year or so. Finally, he received a call from Ayushmann's manager saying that the actor was not interested in playing a bald man at that time.
Then, in December 2018, he read that Ayushmann was ready to play a man with premature baldness in a movie that was not his.
"I was shocked. I sent him a legal notice. I also filed a case against him and the makers in Bombay High Court in March. 'Bullet' producer Dinesh Vijan The company said they were working on the script that time, Chandra told IANS.
Months went by, and the team of 'Bullet' started shooting.
"I moved the Supreme Court in October 2019. There was a hearing today (November 4) in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has ordered Bombay High Court to resolve the matter before 'Bullet' releases on November 8," said Chandra.
"I want that there should be a permanent stay on the film and that I get to make the film. It is basically my biopic. It's my life story," said the director, who has filmmaker Mahesh bhatt acting in his movie called 'Marksheet'.
Meanwhile, according to reports, the makers of 'Ujda Chaman', which also has a similar subject, have withdrawn their case. Vijan said that charges against them by 'Ujda Chaman' makers have been dropped now.
Would Chandra also like to withdraw her case?
Never. This is my own story, he replied.