Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak lands in legal trouble, writer moves HC over writing credit

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak is one of the much-awaited films of the year. But, the film has landed in a legal trouble after a writer named Rakesh Bharti demanded writing credits for the film.

Chhapaak lands in legal trouble

Rakesh Bharti has moved to Bombay High Court over writing credit. He claimed that ‘Chhapaak’ is his story and wants due credit as a writer of the film.

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

Chhapaak lands in legal trouble

“However, the project could not commence due to unavoidable circumstances. The plaintiff had narrated them the idea, which is the production house for ‘Chhapaak’,” the plea said.

Bharti submitted complaints to the producers but did not get any reply following which he approached the High Court. In his plea, Bharti has sought that he be given credit as one of the writers of the movie Chhapaak and the film’s release be stayed until due credit is given to him.

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Meanwhile, Chhapaak is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, who was attacked at the tender age of 15, by a 32-year-old man, who had one-sided attraction towards her. She now runs an NGO that works for the acid attack survivors and is also a proud owner of a cafe which is managed by these survivors.

Directed by Meghna Gulzar, the film will release on January 10, 2020.