'Bala' and 'Ujda Chaman' are into big trouble before their release over copyright violations!
‘Bala’ of Ayushmann Khurrana and ‘Ujda Chaman’ of Sunny Singh are based on the life of bald man. Ujda Chaman is directed by Abhishek Pathak and was set to release on 8th November, a week before the release of Bala. But, yesterday, Bala’s filmmakers announced a new release date. Now, Bala will hit the silver screen just a day before Ujda Chaman, i.e., November 7.
Ujda Chaman's director Abhishek Pathak revealed to Mumbai Mirror in a conversation, that Ujda Chaman is the remake of a hit Kannada film - Ondu Motteya Kathe. He stated, "I believe good stories need to be seen by a maximum number of people. My company Panorama Studios always looks out for such gems. Alone and Drishyam are official remakes by us. We acquired Ondu Motteya Kathe in the last quarter of 2018, with a clear intention to release my version within a year. My team suggested November 8 for release and our campaign commenced. In contrast, the Bala team has been changing their release date, from November 22 to November 15 to November 7, which is a day before my film. Not sure how this will help, I think it harms both films and the industry at large."
When asked to Abhishek Pathak if he is planning to take any legal action against the makers of the film Bala, he further said, "We are discussing it with our legal team and will take action in a few days. This is a clear case of copyright violation. I can understand two films around a bald character releasing within a short span of time, but in this case, there are striking similarities with my film and the original whose rights are with me."
On the other side Dinesh Vijan, producer of Bala (starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, and Yami Gautam) from Maddock Films, issued an official statement that stated, "Bala has been in the works for several months now as it has been widely reported in the press. The film is very close to our hearts as a project because we want to meaningfully contribute to the conversation on challenging social themes of our times, like the widespread stigmatization of baldness and dark skin. If there are multiple films that deal with one of these themes, its all the more variety for the viewers to choose from which can never be a bad thing. It’s quite unfortunate if someone, especially a fellow filmmaker, sees this as anything but a positive for audiences. Maddock stands firmly by the originality of its film, and will back it projects all the way, including through legal recourse if need be."
What's your take on this tussle over copyright violation between Ujda Chaman and Bala?
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