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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar's upcoming film 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' where he stars opposite Bhumi Pednekar has generated plenty of buzz and support from the government as well as the movie encourages the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan against open defecation.
The film landed into legal trouble when a Jaipur based filmmaker Pratik Sharma alleged copyright infringement and filed a case against the makers of 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' seeking a stay order on the film's release.
However, in good news for fans looking forward to the movie, a local court has rejected the plea for stay order on the release of 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' and it will be released as scheduled on August 11.
"After hearing arguments for three successive days, the Jaipur Metropolitan Court prima facie found no merit in the case and rejected the application," S.S. Hora, counsel for Viacom18, said.
"We will study the judgement and then decide our future course of action," said G.D. Bansal, the advocate for filmmaker Sharma who had alleged that the makers of 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' had lifted the punch-line and subject from his film 'Gutrun Gutar Gun'.
Another documentary filmmaker Praveen Vyas had claimed that the makers of Akshay and Bhumi Pednekar's film have copied the story and certain plots from his documentary titled 'Manini' that was declared the third best film on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa last year.
Directed by Shree Narayan Singh, 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' tells the story of a married couple Jaya (Bhumi) and Keshav (Akshay) when after the first night of marriage Jaya leaves the marital home due to lack of a toilet. Keshav launches a mission to bring back Jaya and changes society along the way.