On Monday, A local court heard in part the opinions in a case of infringement of the Copyright Act by the producers of Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer Toilet – Ek Prem Katha. “Today the arguments remained full of loopholes in Jaipur Metropolitan Court and will proceed tomorrow too,” said G.D. Bansal, advocate for Jaipur-based filmmaker Pratik Sharma.
The copyright breach case was brought up by a Jaipur based filmmaker Pratik Sharma opposed to Plan C Studios, an association between Reliance Entertainment and Friday Filmworks managed by Neeraj Pandey & Shital Bhatia, and Viacom18 on July 7 in a Jaipur Metropolitan Court.
The filmmaker suspected that the makers of Toilet – Ek Prem Katha have lifted the punch line and the topic from his movie ‘Gutrun Gutar Gun’. S.S. Hora, the counsel of Viacom18, said: “We argued in the court that an initiative or a concept cannot fall under Copyright Act, moreover there’s no infringement of the act. These types of stuff are already in an unrestricted domain and no aid should be given to the appellant.”
On July 26, the Jaipur Metropolitan Court asked the makers of Toilet – Ek Prem Katha to file an answer or go into arguments in the case of copyright infringement on July 31.
Toilet – Ek Prem Katha stars Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles. The film deals with the necessity of sanitization in India. Also, it is said to be based on PM Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The film is directed by Shree Narayan Singh and is slated to hit the screens on August 11. Stay tuned for more updates!