We had told our readers a few days ago that Akshay Kumar will soon begin shooting for his next, Mission Mangal however, the project has courted controversy even before it could go on floors.
A US-based filmmaker, Radha Bhardwaj has moved the Bombay High Court against the Akshay Kumar starrer claiming copyright infringement. She has filed a lawsuit to halt the production of the movie as she claims that the film borrows from her script. She has alleged that she had shared her screenplay, which revolves around India’s 2014 Mangalyaan Mission, with Atul Kasbekar, who shared it with Vidya Balan, who is now playing the lead role in Mission Mangal, without Radha’s knowledge. Reportedly, it was Kasbekar who negotiated the deal for Vidya’s Mission Mangal.
Radha had registered the script with the US Copyright Office in 2016 for both the American and the Indian market and she recently wrapped up the shooting of her film, titled Space MOMs. In 2016, Bhardwaj signed a non-disclosure agreement with Kasbekar, whom she had met to find financing for her movie, and the agreement prohibited Kasbekar’s company from disclosing her project to anyone without her written consent. Bhardwaj claims that the makers of Mission Mangal are rushing their film into production to discourage distributors from releasing her movie.
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