Earlier this year, filmmaker Kunal Kohli found himself embroiled in a legal battle with writer Jyoti Kapoor, after the latter claimed that that Kunal’s forthcoming film Phir Se had been plagiarized from her work. In the ensuing battle the verdict kept tilting, but never settling the issue. Now we hear that the court has ruled to delay the release of the film till a final verdict is reached.
Tweeting about the same Kunal Kohli posted, “What I have learnt from this experience is that the free exchange of ideas is no longer permissible and I would go a step further to say it expressly prohibited. The debate on copyright and plagiarism is settled, it is neither. The industry has to move towards a more closed and protective environment with regards to work in progress. What is left to be decided is merely one principal aspect, what is the value of an idea which should be in direct proportion to the authorship.”
However, Kunal refrained from talking about the matter itself, and resigned himself to saying, “The matter is sub judice, the court has granted an ad interim stay & kept the matter post vacations. We are hopeful justice will prevail.”
For the uninitiated Jyoti Kapoor, co-writer of Daawat-E-Ishq, claimed that the story of Phir Se was written by her and accused Kunal of plagiarism. She further added that she had approached the Film Writers Association (FWA) with the script and also filed a complaint against the filmmaker turned actor. She has stated that she had narrated the story of the film to Kunal, when the two met last year.
As for the film itself, Phir Se that will be presented by Bombay Film Company Ltd and produced by Shiv Kumar, marks the debut of TV actress Jennifer Winget and is directed by Kunal Kohli and Ajay Bhuyan.
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