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‘Raabta’ writers respond to plagiarism case registered by ‘Magadheera’ makers

A day after the makers of Ram Charan-starrer ‘Magadheera’ moved court against ‘Raabta’ alleging copyright infringement, writers of the upcoming Hindi film starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon have claimed there is no plot similarity

A still from ‘Raabta’

A day after the makers of Ram Charan-starrer Magadheera (2009) moved court against Raabta alleging copyright infringement, writers of the upcoming Hindi film have claimed there is no plot similarity. Up for release next Friday, the film stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon.

“If it’s like Magadheera, it’s like any other reincarnation film. Then every filmmaker in this country who has made a movie on reincarnation and past life should slap a notice on us,” says scriptwriter Garima, adding, “This is an original story, conceptualised and written by Siddharth and me. We worked on it for five years. They [makers of Magadheera] are free to go through our script and research material. Or they can watch our film and decide.”

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‘Magadheera’ (2009)

Her co-writer, Siddharth, says the story is as much about rebirth as karma. “It’s immature of them ­to file a case just on the basis of the trailer. They could have called up our director [Dinesh Vijan] and asked for a private screening of the film. We weren’t expecting a legal tussle. If they want to stall the release, they should have contacted us way in advance,” he adds.

Films are often targeted on the basis of assumptions, he argues. “Like in the case of [Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s] Padmavati, no one has any idea about the story but they are offended because they feel it’s portraying their queen in a bad light.”

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Director Dinesh, who was busy with post-production, remained unavailable for comment. An official statement from the Raabta makers read, “We are yet to receive the relevant suit papers and therefore, cannot give a specific comment. We’d, however, like to reject even the remotest suggestion that our film is a copy of Magadheera. We find it disrespectful when people from the industry belittle someone’s hard work by using words like copied and plagiarised nonchalantly.” The matter will come up for hearing on June 1.

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