Delhi High Court issued a notice to the directors and producers of Aamir Khan’s PK, after a novelist’s plea of accusing the makers of ‘PK’ of copying certain parts from his Hindi book ‘Farishta’ published in 2013.
Justice Najmi Waziri have asked ‘PK’ maker Rajkumar Hirani, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi to appear before joint registrar of the high court on April 16 for recording of the evidence in this issue.
“Notice issued. Let them (film makers) say what they have to say in regard to the allegation before joint registrar,” the judge said.
The plea was filed by Kapil Isapuri, claiming that Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, their production companies and scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi have “stolen the characters, expression of ideas, scenes (sequences) from the novel”.
Kapil have asked for punitive damages of Rs 1 crore along with credit for his work from the makers. Advocate Jyotika Kalra filed Isapuri’s plea where he has claimed that in his novel he “has criticised blind following of so-called godmen” as well as that “profession of religion is not natural but is man-made and artificial” and “in a group of people nobody can identify their respective religion”.
Novelist, Kapil also accused the makers of ‘PK’ of plagiarizing specific parts from his work, ‘Farishta’. Not only that, but the various issues that were raised in the film are also “copied” from his book. The petition claims, “That 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”.
Director Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘PK’, starring Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles, and Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla and Sanjay Dutt are seen playing pivotal roles, is satire on godmen.