Twinkle Khanna’s PadMan starring Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor is up and running in theaters. It has received a positive response from the audience and critics alike. It even crossed 10 crore mark at the Indian Box Office on its first day. But now Padman makers have been accused of plagiarism.
Meet Ripu Daman Jaiswal. He’s a budding writer who hasn’t been credited by Bollywood for his hard work. In a series of tweets, he alleges that a lot of scenes in Padman film have been lifted from the script he sent to Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
Intermission of PadMan. 11 scenes has been copied from my script uptil now and even one of the character. That’s it. I am definitely going to court.
— Ripu Daman Jaiswal (@Shivashorcrux) February 9, 2018
“Intermission of PadMan. 11 scenes has been copied from my script uptil now and even one of the character. That’s it. I am definitely going to court.”
I remember I was in the library when I wrote this dialogue and was truly elated. Honestly, I surprised myself that day. Tell me, how on earth can you steal someone’s dialogue?
This is unfair.
(Amitabh Bachchan quoted this dialogue in PadMan.) pic.twitter.com/9mQN3Jlt8T
— Ripu Daman Jaiswal (@Shivashorcrux) February 10, 2018
In a Facebook post, he also attached the screenshots of the script summary he mailed to the creative head at Dharma Productions.
“You guys, I need help. One and a half years ago, I had written and registered a film based on the works of Arunachalam Muruganantham and Saati biodegradable sanitary pads. Have you heard about them? Yup, Arunachalam Muruganantham is the guy who had made low cost sanitary pads for rural women. I had registered the film on 5th of December 2016 from SCREEN WRITER ASSOCIATION and sent to Ryan Stephan (Karan johar’s production — Creative head) and personally to Vikram Aditya Motwane.
And you know what happened? After ten days on 16th of December 2016, I heard the news that Mrs. Twinkle Khanna revealed that her production is making a film based on his life, starring AKSHAY KUMAR.
I was completely devastated but I couldn’t have point the allegation at that time because Twinkle Khanna has said that they were making a film on his life. And I hadn’t written a film on his life. Not even a single scene has been inspired by his own life. I have taken the subject and created my own fictional world around that subject. At first, I started writing a film on his life but then I quit because during my research, I discovered that Arunachalam doesn’t make ‘biodegradable’ sanitary pads and he utilize machine to make sanitary pads which rural women can’t make by themselves – also, I had a fear that producers won’t accept a film based on his life because what he developed has already been developed by MIT students before him. I thought I should be honest while writing a biopic and if I can’t be honest I shouldn’t write it. I have tacked together several issues women face in rural india and it would have gone in vain in an honest biopic.
Recently, the PADMAN trailer released, and most of the scenes has been taken from the summary I had sent to MR. Ryan stephan. Yes, they even copied my fictional scenes(Check out the Rakshabandan scene. In real life, Arunachalam Muruganantham has no sister.)
I have decided to take this matter to court and fight a battle against the producers of the film.
Guys, I am looking for a good lawyer in Bombay who can fight along with me. I have no money in my pocket to hire a famous lawyer but I promise to pay a heavy amount after I win this battle.
If you know anyone, please connect with me. ASAP.
For Proof, I am attaching the screenshot of the summary I sent to Ryan Stephen of Dharma production.”
As per a report by Tribune, he filed an FIR at a local police station on January 23, 2018 but is yet to hear from police authority. “The senior police inspector told me that they will do an investigation and will revert back to me via phone call. I am still waiting for that call.”