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Rajasthan filmmaker moves court against Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Rajasthan filmmaker moves court against Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
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A Jaipur-based filmmaker, Praatik Sharma, has moved the court against the makers of Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ for allegedly lifting the punchline and the subject from his film ‘Gutrun Gutar Gun’.

A Jaipur-based filmmaker, Praatik Sharma, has moved the court against the makers of Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ for allegedly lifting the punchline and the subject from his film ‘Gutrun Gutar Gun’.

A copyright infringement case was filed by Sharma against Plan C Studios, an alliance between Reliance Entertainment and Friday Filmworks helmed by Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia, and Viacom18 on July 7 in a Jaipur Metropolitan Court. The court has issued a notice returnable on July 22.

When contacted the makers of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ about the allegation, they refused to comment. "Plan C is producing it and Viacom18 is serving as a producer and presenter. There is one line in my movie - 'aurat shadi karke ghar mai aati hai, usko toilet nahi milta, bawal hota hai, ant mai pati usko toilet bana kar deta hai.' (a woman gets married and then doesn't find a toilet at home, creates a scene and ultimately a toilet is constructed).

"Because of this line the distributors are telling me my film is the same film as 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha,' Sharma, who had finished making ‘Gutrun Gutar Gun’ in 2015,’ he adds.

His film, he says, had got a certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification in the same year but they could not release it for lack of money for distribution.

The film, which highlights the problem of houses without toilets, was even screened for Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and other dignitaries, Sharma said.

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