‘Mohenjo Daro’ not plagiarised; Court imposes fine on petitioner

In a big relief for filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarier, his soon-to-release film ‘Mohenjo Daro’ has been given a clean chit in the copyright infringement case.

A filmmaker named Akashaditya Lama had last year filed a petition claiming that the National Award winning director had “stolen” the former’s script for the Hrithik Roshan starrer film. He had also sought a stay on the release of the period film.

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday, August 2, ruled that ‘Mohenjo Daro’ script is not plagiarised. Justice GS Patel dismissed the injunction plea against the movie’s release while imposing a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh against the petitioner.

In his order, Justice Patel slammed Lama for approaching various forums and harassing Gowariker as well as UTV and Hrithik Roshan with his false claims and baseless allegations. Justice Patel held that Lama had been unable to make out a case and observed how it had become a practice to approach the courts close to a film's release to harass filmmakers and producers and blackmail them.

Gowariker’s spokesperson confirmed the verdict and told a popular publication, “Ashutosh had faith in the legal system and rather than talking about this, he has been engrossed in promoting the film and I’m sure that that is what he will continue to do." 

The fine amount will be donated to Naam Foundation, an organisation founded by Nana Patekar and Makarand Anaspure that works for Maharashtra’s drought-hit farmers, the report stated. 

Starring debutante Pooja Hegde as the leading lady, besides Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh and Manish Chaudhary among others, 'Mohenjo Daro' is slated to hit screens on August 12.