Ra.One the magnum opus of the Badshah of Bollywood has run into problems when a television producer-writer alleges that the script originally was his concept. He has filed the Bombay High Court for alleged plagiarism. Demanding, either credit for the same or 10% of the profits of the film. He has also sought a stay for differing the release date, scheduled for Diwali.
Yash Patnaik claimed that he is the owner of the copyright of the concept and content of the “Ra one”, produced by Red Chillies entertainment.
Patnaik’s lawyer Ravindra Kadam argued that the superhero played by Khan in the film, slated for release on October 26, resembles the hero in Patnaik’s 2006 concept.“Super villain in the text of Patnaik has been copied in the ‘one’, and that’s used by Khan in the title of the film,” said the Kadam. Shah Rukh’s lawyer Virendra Tulzapurkar said that firstly Patnaik cannot claim copyright on this concept, as it was developed Patnaik with a team of experts that he shared. Secondly, he slammed the accusation calling it a 'black mailing tactic' by Patnaik. He pointed out that if he was really concerned about his concept he would have moved the high court earlier and not when only a few days are left before the release.
Patnaik also revealed that he had discussed the idea with the film’s script writer Mushtaq Sheikh in 2006. The judgment is to be passed today on the issue.
Observing that prima facie there had been a copyright violation, Bombay high court today directed Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to deposit Rs 1 Cr with the court before releasing his ambitious Diwali offering RA.One. The court added that if the defendants failed to deposit the money tomorrow, an injunction against the movie's release would become operational.