February 26, 2024
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Rakesh Bharti has recently filed a petition in Bombay High Court against Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak, claiming he originally penned the story on which the film is based.

Bharti has sought that he should be given credit as one of the writers of the film, and the film’s release be stayed until then.

The suit filed by Bharti claimed that he had conceived a script for a movie, tentatively titled Black Day, and got it registered with the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) in February 2015.

Bharti said since then he has been working on the script and approaching several artists and producers, including Fox Star Studio, for narration.

However, the project could not commence due to unavoidable circumstances. The plaintiff had narrated the idea to Fox Star Studio, which is the production house for Chhapaak, the plea said.

Bharti’s advocate Ashok Sarogi said the plaintiff later came to know that an identical film is being produced by the defendants (Fox Star Studio and others) and directed by Meghna Gulzar. The writer claims he submitted complaints to the producers but did not get any reply following which he approached the high court.

He has also sought for an expert to be appointed to compare his script and that of Chhapaak. Sarogi said the plea will be heard by a vacation bench of the high court on December 27.

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