Complaint Lodged against Writer and Director of Shahid-Shraddha’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu

After the Uttarakhand schedule of Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu (BGMC) came to an end, albeit with a little mess, hesitation emerged largely over the flick.

However, it appears like the troubles for the film haven’t finished up till now.

Vipul Rawal, the author of Rustom, has lodged a complaint with the Film Writers Association (FWA) in opposition to director Shree Narayan Singh and writers Siddharth and Garima Rawal (the team behind BGMC).

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Vipul Rawal has accused them of patent infringement and unprincipled performance.

Vipul in his complaint stated that he had registered the tale named, Roshini, in the year 2009. He, afterwards, registered the final draft of the same in the year 2016.

In the year 2017, he apparently entered into a deal with KriArj Entertainment, after which the tale was described by different actors. Finally, Shahid and Shraddha were signed for the movie.

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He also said, “The director wanted certain changes in the screenplay and for that, he decided to employ writers of his choice to make the modifications in my screenplay. The pre-production started and the dates for shooting were locked.”

Vipul said, “However, when the first teaser came out, my name wasn’t mentioned anywhere. Instead, it boldly proclaimed, ‘From the writer and director of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’. Immediately, I sent multiple mails to the producers, who assured me that the issue will be rectified at the earliest.’’

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He claimed that he forwarded a number of mails to Shree Narayan Singh, who is also the film’s line producer, demanding him to fix the credits.

He stated, “The director’s partner, Nitin Chandrachud, sent me a mail saying that the subject of my film (electricity) is in public domain and anyone can write on it. This, after the entire project, was set up on the basis of the screenplay written by me. They also mentioned that they will mention my credits only as ‘concept by’, which is totally unacceptable to me.”

When media people met Rohini Vakil, the writer’s legal representative stated, “We have sent a legal notice to them and a public notice will also be published on Saturday. I want my client’s right to be protected. Batti Gul Meter Chalu is from the writer of Rustom and not Toilet Ek Prem Katha as claimed in the teaser.”

by Vijay Singh | Mon, May 21 - 03:10 PM

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