Boney Kapoor speaks up on making Wanted Part 2 with Salman Khan after winning copyright case that was filed in 2009.
Way back in 2009, the court in Meerut booked Boney Kapoor, Sridevi, Prabudheva and Salman Khan in a case of alleged copyright infringement and plagiarism for their film, Wanted. Reportedly, a local writer-director, Birbal Singh Rana had alleged that Kapoor’s production house, BSK Network and Entertainment, had stolen his original script. He also claimed that the original copyright script was submitted to the company but they did not revert him back and later re-created for their own project.
After seven years, Boney has won the case against Birbal Singh Rana. On Tuesday, the Allahabad High Court acquitted Kapoor of all the charges and that Birbal had been blackmailing Boney for the out-of-court settlement for Rs 75 lakh.
Last night, Boney Kapoor, who was spotted at Justin Bieber concert with his wife Sridevi and daughters Jhanvi, Khushi Kapoor, spoke about the court’s verdict.
Talking to Mumbai Mirror about the issue he said, “This kind of extortion is becoming a practice by miscreants who target high-profile celebrities. There is no copyright violation of the idea, subject matter, theme, plot or historical or legendary facts. The applicant (Boney and Co.) are innocent and have not committed the present offence.”
He further stated, “I have legally bought the rights to and remade 16 films. In the case of Wanted, I not only bought the rights from Prabhudheva who had directed the Tamil version, and eventually the Hindi remake, but also from Puri Jagannadh, who was the original creator and producer of the 2006-Telugu film, Pokiri. I was shocked when I got the first summons, more so when the lower court in Meerut accused us of copyright infringement without proper verification of the script. The petitioner then started harassing and blackmailing us, trying to extort money for no fault of ours.”
When asked if the impending court case cause had shelved his plans to make Wanted Part 2, Boney said, “No way! I would never let a case like this hinder the sequel. I will roll with Wanted 2 whenever I have the right script for the film. It is very difficult to imagine Wanted 2 without Salman.”
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