Chhapaak starring Deepika Padukone is all set to hit the theatres. The film is helmed by Meghna Gulzar featuring Vikrant Massey in the lead role.
Based on the true story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal the film will be released this Friday.
While the film’s promotions are on full swing a writer named Rakesh Bharti claimed that he had originally penned the story of Laxmi on which Meghna has made a film on it.
The news spread like wildfire, to which the director filed an affidavit responding to the writer’s claim.
According to the report Meghna stated that Rakesh’s suit was “wholly misconceived, frivolous, legally untenable and unmeritorious.”
The statement also quoted that, as the information is not available in the public domain there cannot be a case of copyright.
Meghna’s affidavit reads, “In the present case, the plaintiff (Bharti) has sought the protection of an idea of a film based on the story of an acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. True facts and events are not entitled to copyright protection.”
The affidavit also mentioned, “The plaintiff’s intention is to only wrongfully and dishonestly gain publicity and pressurize Meghna Gulzar. The plaintiff wants to tarnish the reputation of Meghna Gulzar and extract money.”
The Raazi director says that the claim is ulterior publicity stunt and to disrupt the release of Chhapaak this weekend.