The fact that Mumbai High Court has ruled that Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde’s Mohenjo Daro is not plagiarised comes as a big relief for director Ashutosh Gowariker. This ends months of allegations by Akashaditya Lama who filed a petition saying that his movie script was stolen by the Mohenjo Daro director.
The judge dismissed the injunction plea against the film release while imposing a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh against Lama. The court also said that Lama had filed the complaint to “harass” Ashutosh Gowariker, UTV and Hrithik Roshan. The judge also said it has become a practice to approach the courts close to a film’s release to harass and blackmail filmmakers.
Lama had demandeds a stay on the release of the period film. He claimed that he had narrated the story of Mohenjo Daro in 2001 to Jaswinder Ballu Saluja, an editor who has worked with Gowariker in Lagaan and Swades. After that he didn’t hear anything and realized his story has been plagiarised by the film makers. He said he tried to contact Gowariker but as there was response he alleged he had approached the court as a last resort. The epic is up for releases on August 12 and is also scheduled to screen at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Part of the film proceeds will go towards Naam Foundation, an organisation founded by Nana Patekar and Makarand Anaspure that works for Maharashtra’s drought-hit farmers.
Mohenjo Daro is an epic adventure-romance film written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, which shall be the world’s first cinematic presentation referencing the ancient Indus Valley civilization and its greatest city, the UNESCO World Heritage site known only as Mohenjo-daro. The film is produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur for UTV Motion Pictures and Sunita Gowariker for Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd. (AGPPL), and features actors Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde in the lead roles. – CINEWS