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Jaipur-based filmmaker files copyright infringement case against makers of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Praatik Sharma has claimed that his film also deals with the lack of toilets in India and that it was ready in 2015. 


Jaipur-based filmmaker, Praatik Sharma, has moved to court against the makers of Akshay Kumar-starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, for allegedly lifting the punchline and the subject from his film Gutrun Gutar Gun.

A copyright infringement case was filed by Sharma against Plan C Studios, an alliance between Reliance Entertainment and Friday Filmworks helmed by Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia, and Viacom18, on 7 July in a Jaipur Metropolitan Court. The court has issued a notice returnable on 22 July.

Makers of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha have refused to comment on the allegations.

"Plan C is producing it and Viacom18 is serving as a producer and presenter. There is one line in my movie — 'aurat shadi karke ghar mai aati hai, usko toilet nahi milta, bawal hota hai, ant mai pati usko toilet bana kar deta hai.' (a woman gets married and then doesn't find a toilet at her new home, creates a scene and ultimately the husband builds a toilet for her).

"Because of this line the distributors are telling me my film is the same film as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha," Sharma, who clailms to have finished making Gutrun Gutar Gun in 2015, told IANS news agency.

His film, he says, had got a certificate from the Central Board Of Film Certification in the same year, but they could not release it for lack of money for distribution.

Sharma has also claimed that his film, which highlights the problem of houses without toilets, was even screened for minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and other dignitaries.

"We also sent our film to festivals like Delhi International Film Festival, Indian Film Festival Melbourne, Australia and Rajasthan International Film festival," he added.

After struggling for two years, his team was ready to release it on 28 July this year. "But distributors have backed out saying our film is similar to Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. They said even if they put it up, they would remove it from screens if asked to. This is unfair," Sharma said.