Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor in Padman Image: Twitter
Trailblazer of the moment, Padman, has landed in hot waters after an aspiring writer recently claimed that the film, starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor, has been plagiarised from his script. Ripu Daman Jaiswal has claimed that 11 scenes in Padman have been picked up from his script, which he had sent to the creative head of Dharma Productions, Ryan Stephan and Vikramhad aditya Motwane in 2016.
According to a Quint report, Jaiswal has reportedly filed a police complaint againt the makers of Padman — Sony Pictures India Limited, Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna and R Balki. Jaiswal tweeted recently that certain scenes and dialogues from his script have been copied, and also shared his script on Twitter.
Padman, which has already acquired more Rs 23 crore in two days, is based on the story titled The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land by Twinkle Khanna, who is also one of the film's producers. The story is inspired by the life and activism of social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham.
Jaiswal first made his allegations public when Padman's trailer released last December.
Intermission of PadMan. 11 scenes has been copied from my script uptil now and even one of the character. That’s it. I am definitely going to court.— Ripu Daman Jaiswal (@Shivashorcrux) February 9, 2018
I remember I was in the library when I wrote this dialogue and was truly elated. Honestly, I surprised myself that day. Tell me, how on earth can you steal someone’s dialogue?— Ripu Daman Jaiswal (@Shivashorcrux) February 10, 2018
This is unfair.
(Amitabh Bachchan quoted this dialogue in PadMan.) pic.twitter.com/9mQN3Jlt8T
"One and a half years ago, I had written and registered a film based on the works of Arunachalam Muruganantham and Saati biodegradable sanitary pads," he wrote on Facebook.
"I had sent it to Ryan Stephan (Karan johar's production — creative head) and personally to Vikramaditya Motwane. And you know what happened? After 10 days on 16th of December 2016, I heard the news that Mrs Twinkle Khanna revealed that her production is making a film based on his life, starring Akshay Kumar," he added.
According to Quint, Jaiswal spoke to Motwane about the issue. "He said that the script is in the public domain, anyone can make a film based on Arunachalam’s life. I agreed with him. The film was in the public domain, anyone can make a film on his life. Having said that, you can’t copy scenes and dialogues that has been created out of the figment of my imagination," he was quoted as saying.
He also added that certain scenes — such as the medical college scene, the Raksha Bandhan scene, the scene where Padman gives his sister a pad — have been lifted from his script. "I am writing to the chief minister of Maharashtra. I don’t have money to hire a lawyer, if I am able to arrange the money, I would definitely like to go to court and ask for justice," he said.