One month after the release of Aamir Khan-starrer ‘PK’, a case of plagiarism has been filed against the directors and producers of the film alleging that they have stolen characters, plot and godmen scenes from a Hindi novel “Farishta” published in 2013.
“The film’s producer, actor and scriptwriter have stolen the characters, expression of ideas, scenes (sequences) from my novel Farishta”, alleged the novel writer Kapil Isapuri in a plea filed before the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, prompting the court to issue notices to Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raj Kumar Hirani, producer and director of the film “PK”.
Justice Najmi Waziri said, “Notice issued. Let them say what they have to say in regard to the allegation before joint registrar,” and the date for appearance is on April 16. The plea was filed by Isapuri through his lawyer Jyotika Kalra alleging that Chopra and Hirani, producers and directors of the film, their production companies and scriptwriter Abhijit Joshi have “stolen the characters, expression of ideas, scenes from the novel“.
Isapuri has pleaded for punitive damages worth Rs.1 crore, besides acknowledging his work in film credits. Some of the points he raised include the way his novel “criticised blind following of so-called godmen”, advocating the view that “profession of religion is not natural but is man—made” and in groups, “nobody can identify their respective religion“.
“The the novel has many more such situations which have been very cleverly copied by the defendants in the film by making minor changes and insignificant variations,” alleged the petition.
The film “PK” is about an alien who comes to Earth on a research mission and his communicating device with his space station was stolen by a villager. In search of the device, he befriends a TV journalist who joins his mission to raise questions on religious dogmas and superstitions.
In fact, Rajinikanth’s film ‘Lingaa’ too was drawn to the court in Chennai on similar line before its release alleging copyrights violation but the film was cleared by the Madras High court.