R Balki (second from left) with wife Gauri Shinde, Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar Image: Fotocorp
Padman director R Balki has brushed off allegations of plagiarism against his film, calling the claims "silly" and "foolish". Ripu Daman Jaiswal, an aspring writer, has accused the makers of the Akshay Kumar-Radhika Apte starrer of copying 11 scenes from a script that he had written.
"That's so foolish. After every film, some people foolishly make these claims," Balki said. Padman, which is based on the life and activism of social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, has already collected 23 crore in two days.
"My film is an official biography of Muruganantham. Is he accusing Muruganantham of leading a life that has been copied from his writing? That's so silly," Balki said. Padman is based on the story titled The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land by Twinkle Khanna, who is also one of the film's producers
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
Jaiswal also alleged that a dialogue, narrated by megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the film, has been taken from his script that he had sent to Ryan Stephan, creative head of Karan Johar's Dharma Productions. "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? This is unfair," Jaiswal had tweeted.
The writer also said that he has filed an FIR against Akshay and the filmmakers. "R Balki! I tried everything! I even filed a police complaint at Cuffe Parade station on 23rd of Jan against everyone. Tell me, what more can I do? S.I. told me I have a good case and they will look into the matter and will call me after investigation. Am still waiting for that call (sic)," Daman had tweeted.
When contacted Senior Police Inspector of Cuff Parade, Rashmi Jadhav said, "There is one application received from Jaiswal, in which he has claimed copyright of his script. But no offence has been registered in this case."
Two months ago, Daman had shared a post on Facebook where he attached the screenshots of the mail he had sent to Dharma Productions.
(With inputs from PTI)