Filmmaker Praveen Vyas sues Akshay Kumar’s ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ producer for copyright issue

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Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar’s upcoming film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ has run into legal trouble. If reports are to be believed, documentary filmmaker Praveen Vyas has sued the makers of the film for allegedly copying the plot and scenes from his documentary ‘Manini ‘.

 ‘Manini’ won the third prize among 4500 entries themed around the Swachh Bharat Mission at last year’s International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

Praveen has sent a legal notice and a cease and desist notice for the trailer and promotional campaign of the upcoming Akshay Kumar-starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.

Vyas has alleged that several scenes and dialogues from the upcoming Independence Day release are a direct copy of his documentary and addressed the legal notices to the Bollywood film’s production and distribution company, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. “Manini follows the female protagonist as she protests against lack of a toilet in her marital home on the first night of her marriage after female relatives wake her up before sunrise to tend to nature’s call in an open field. The scenes in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’s trailer shows the same interaction between characters,” Vyas told Mirror.

But Shital Bhatia, co-producer of and co-founder of Friday Filmworks, rubbished the allegations by saying “These allegations are baseless and border on harassment. The script of our film has been registered under our writers’ names, Siddharth and Garima, with the authorised industry association since 2013. Furthermore, the film has been in the public domain through various news stories since July 2015. We firmly deny all the claims made by this gentleman who is obviously misled. It is sad that genuine producers have become soft targets for this kind of nuisance.”

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is slated to release on 11 August.