Headlines December 25, 2019
Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak in controversy
Just a few days before it releases in theatres, Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone’s latest film is in controversy. A writer named Rakesh Bharti has demanded writing credits for the film. He claims he had written the original story on which the director Meghna Gulzar has based her film.
Bharti has taken the matter to the Bombay High Court, according to news reports. “Plaintiff had been approaching different artistes from time to time and accordingly have narrated the story to those artistes and producers for the purpose of taking the services”, says the petition.
Bharti claims he approached several artistes with his story. He also says that the producers of Chhapaak have stuck to the entire story as conceptualised by him. “Though initially, all those artistes showed their interest to work in the film, however, for one reason or the other, they kept on delaying the confirmation, with the result, the plaintiff could not start the production of the said film along with his son,” says the petition.
Bharti has asked for a temporary order to be issued against the makers of the film. He has also said that the film should not release in theatres until he is given credits.
Chhapaak is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. The film also stars Vikrant Massey is scheduled to release on 10 January 2020.
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