Jodi Breakers and charges of plagiarism

these plagiarism charges are very upsetting to Madhavan, which I can understand. they are also upsetting me because I was looking fwd to the movie, which I hear, is on hold for the time being.



The only good thing coming out of these scandals with plagiarism is that it will force the film industry in India to finance  institutions where young people will learn the craft of screenwriting. I get the feeling that this is missing. With its prolific industry, India  seems to be still dependent on copying to varying degrees existing scripts and ideas.

It will be increasingly difficult to get away with it in our world without borders.  However, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Costly plagiarism charges  will turn out to be a saving grace in the long run. Once upon a time people didn’t have such great access to foreign movies, but now people have most probably seen the original and will be less inclined to spend money to see a desi version of something they know. So it makes only sense that India should start relying on original scripts and sponsor young writing talents. Give them rights, have them make money, scripts will be flying in from all directions, tailored to Indian consumer specifications.




Jodi Breakers in a legal soup


Jodi Breakers that is up for release soon seems to be in a legal soup. The latest is that Universal Pictures International France and Ors (a co-producer of Heartbreakers and a part of American entertainment company NBC Universal Inc) has filed a case against the Jodi Breakers producers in the Bombay High Court for infringement of copyright and asked for Rs 50 crore as a compensation.

We told you first that the Bipasha Basu and R Madhavan starrer is allegedly inspired from the French film starring Romain Duris and Venessa Paradis (HitList, January 9).

We also reported that Insia Dariwala, a relatively new writer-filmmaker claimed to be the original owner of the idea behind the film (HitList, January 12). She had even registered a complaint with the Film Writers Association.

Our source reveals, “A lot of A-lister Bollywood producers including Karan Johar were interested to buy the rights of the French film. The negotiations were on.

The producers were then aghast to see the promos of Jodi Breakers, the plot of which is strikingly similar to their film. It’s a huge loss for them and they decided to take serious action against the Bollywood producers for plagiarism.”

The source adds, “The French producers have filed the case against five people the producer, Prasar Visions Pvt Ltd, director Ashwini Chaudhary, the writer, the processing lab and Dariwala who claimed that the producers stole her idea. The first hearing took place on February 10 and today is the second hearing.”

The Neolegal Associates (a leading intellectual property firm which handles many such litigation for Hollywood studios) represents the Heartbreaker producer.

Xerxes Ranina, the founding partner says, “The matter is subjudice. I won’t be able to comment on the specifics of the case other than the fact that the case has been filed in the Bombay High Court.” The director of Jodi Breakers remained unavailable for comment.

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