'Maidaan' release put on hold by Mysuru court 

Mysore court has ordered the makers of the 'Maidaan' to halt its release after a Karnataka-based scriptwriter, Anil Kumar, accused them of plagiarising his script.

Apr 11, 2024 - 11:58
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'Maidaan' release put on hold by Mysuru court 

Ajay Devgn-led biographical drama, 'Maidaan', which chronicles the life of the former Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, has been accused of plagiarism. Mysore court has ordered the makers of the film to halt its release after a Karnataka-based scriptwriter, Anil Kumar, accused them of plagiarising his script. Reacting to the matter, Zee Studios and Boney Kapoor's Bayview Projects LLP stated, "The said order passed by the District Judge is an ex-parte order, without giving us an opportunity of being heard."

Kumar took to LinkedIn and wrote, "In 2010, I started writing the story and in 2018, I posted a poster about this, and I got in contact with ad director Sukhdas Suryavanshi through my LinkedIn post. He called me to Bombay (Mumbai) and asked me to get the script. I have the whole chat history (sic)." 'Maidaan' showcases how coach Syed Abdul Rahim put Indian football on the global map between 1952 and 1962.

"He told me that he’d make me meet Aamir Khan, but I couldn’t meet him for certain reasons. I gave him the story and registered the same with the Screen Writers Association (sic)," added Kumar. Sukhdas Suryawanshi is an assistant director on 'Maidaan'. 

Kumar approached the Principal district and session court in Mysore. The court issued an order on April 8, asking Zee Studios to put a hold on the 'Maidaan' release. His lawyer told the publication, "Mysore Principal district and session court has stayed the release of the Maidaan movie starring Ajay Devgn, produced by Zee Studios and Boney Kapoor which was supposed to be released on April 11. The complaint was filed by story writer Anil Kumar. The story which was registered at Screen Writers Association is being misused and being released by Zee studios and the court has ordered to halt the release." The next hearing on the matter will take place on April 24.

Zee Studios and Boney Kapoor's Bayview Projects LLP issued a statement on social media. It read, "Dear all, we have just been served the copy of the Order of the District Judge restraining the release of the film. At the outset, we would like to place on record that the said order passed by the District Judge is an ex-parte order, without giving us an opportunity of being heard."

The statement further stated, "We were not served any notice prior to the filing of the said suit or hearing of the matter. Additionally, the said order has been passed after the release of the film and therefore, any such order passed that retrains the release of the film is infructuous under law. However, we are filing an appeal against the order before the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka. We shall move the matter before the Hon'ble High Court for urgent reliefs in order to stay the operation of the said order."

Meanwhile, the tickets for 'Maidaan' are available on the ticket aggregator website, BookMyShow, for both Mysuru and Bengaluru, hinting that the film is having a regular release in the cities.

'Maidaan', directed by Amit Sharma, had its paid previews across India on April 10, The film released today on the occasion of Eid, and faces a box office clash with Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff's action-thriller 'Bade Miyan Chote Miyan'.

 

 

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