Actor Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ has come into trouble following the notice sent by a Delhi-based legal firm Litmus Legal to Viacom 18 Media on Saturday. The complaint was filed by Varanasi-based filmmakers and theatre artist Praveen Vyas to the producers of Toilet-Ek Prem Katha.
In the notice, Praveen Vyas stated that Toilet Ek Prem Katha filmmakers have copied the storyline of his documentary Manini. He even added that the movie must stop and discontinue its promotional campaign.
“I sent a notice to the producers after I saw the trailer. It had striking resemblance to my short film. And at several instances it was frame to frame similar,” Vyas stated.
On the other hand, Viacom refused the charges filed against them and asserted that they would elucidate their stand as early as possible.
“At the outset, our client denies any and all allegations, statements and/or contentions made by your client in the said notice and further states that nothing shall be deemed to be admitted by reasons of non-traverse,” Viacom stated.
“We are in the process of collating information for our client to enable us to reply to the said notice. Our client (Viacom) seeks time to give detailed response to the said notice in due course,” the reply asserted.
The scriptwriter of Manini, Shyam Anand Jha ordered that the filmmakers of ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ must not give acclaim to them but also give reimbursement for the losses earned.
“If all our demands are not met, then we would take necessary legal action,” Jha said.
Praveen Vyas’s documentary received the third prize among 4,500 films which were selected by I&B Ministry on the Swacch Bharat Mission. The movie was put on screen at the International Film Festival in Goa in 2017.