Delhi HC issues notice to makers of ‘PK’ after a novelist alleged plagiarism

| Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 17:56
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Delhi HC issues notice to makers of ‘PK’ after a novelist alleged plagiarism

NEW DELHI: After hearing a novelist’s plea who alleged that filmmakers of Bollywood blockbuster ‘PK’ plagiarized certain portions of his Hindi book ‘Farishta’ published in 2013, the Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the directors and producers of the movie starring Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma.

The notice was issued to directors Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raj Kumar Hirani, their respective production companies and scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi. The court also directed them to file their replies on the plea within four week and also sought direction to restrain the release on the movie in China that happened on May 22.

Author Kapil Isapuri filed a plea in the court alleging that the filmmakers Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raj Kumar Hirani, production companies and scriptwriter have stolen the characters, scenes and expression of ideas from his novel.

In the novel, Isapuri had criticised the blind following of godmen, saying that the profession of religion is artificial and man-made. Various issues which are raised in this movie have been copied from his book, claimed the novelist.

According to the plea, “PK makers, their agents, associates employee, servants, distributors etc would be restrained from telecasting or broadcasting the film or its sequels in any forms.”

‘PK’ also featuring Sanjay Dutt and Sushant Singh Rajput narrates the story of an alien who comes to Earth and questions religious dogmas and superstitions with a television journalist.

If the defendants are not stopped from telecasting and broadcasting the movie ‘PK’ immediately in China, the applicant shall suffer irreversible loss and injury which cannot be compensated, said the plea.

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