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Here's what filmmaker R Balki has to say on PadMan plagiarism controversy

PadMan is a fictionalised account of Tamil Nadu-basedArunachalam Muruganantham, who created affordable sanitary napkins for the women of his village.

Edited by: India TV Entertainment Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: February 11, 2018 15:43 IST ]
Filmmaker R Balki reacts to PadMan plagiarism claims
Image Source : TWITTER Filmmaker R Balki reacts to PadMan plagiarism claims

Within just few days of the Akshay Kumar starrer PadMan hit the cinemas, the film has embrolied into some controversy. As per reports, a writer Ripu Daman Jaiswal took to Facebook in December last year after he saw the trailer of Pad Man and accused the makers of copying the dialogues and plot points from the script he has written in 2016 and shared with Karan Johar's Dharma Productions creative head Ryan Stephan and Vikram Aditya Motwan. Now, director R Balki has brushed off allegations of plagiarism against his recently released film, calling the claims "silly" and "foolish". 

"That's so foolish. After every film, some people foolishly make these claims," Balki told PTI, dismissing the allegations. 

The film is a fictionalised account of Tamil Nadu-basedArunachalam Muruganantham, who created affordable sanitary napkins for the women of his village. 

"My film is an official biography of Muruganantham. Is he accusing Muruganantham of leading a life that has been copied from his writing? That's so silly," Balki said. 

Jaiswal also alleged that a dialogue, narrated by megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the film, has been taken from his script that he had sent to Ryan Stephan, creative head of 

Karan Johar's Dharma Productions. 

"I remember I was in the library when I wrote this dialogue and was truly elated. Honestly, I surprised myself that day. Tell me, how on earth can you steal someone's dialogue? This is unfair," he had tweeted. 

The writer also said that he has filed an FIR against Akshay and the filmmakers. 

"R Balki! I tried everything! I even filed a police complaint at Cuffe Parade station on 23rd of Jan against everyone. Tell me, what more can I do? 

"S.I. told me I have a good case and they will look into the matter and will call me after investigation. Am still waiting for that call (sic)," Daman had tweeted. When contacted Senior Police Inspector of Cuff Parade, Rashmi Jadhav said, "There is one application received from Jaiswal, in which he has claimed copyright of his script. But no offence has been registered in this case." 

Two months ago, Daman had shared a post on Facebook where he attached the screenshots of the mail he had sent to Dharma Productions.

(With PTI Inputs)

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