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'Toilet Ek Prem Katha' seemed like a film ideally suiting the current atmosphere of the country and the way to the film's release seemed calm and easy because of the progressive content of the film which was being backed by none other than our very own Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
But looks like no film gets to its release without fighting a few legal battles these days. Well, apparently documentary filmmaker Praveen Vyas has 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.
Praveen Vyas has put forward his discontentment with alleged copying of the scenes from his short film into 'Toilet Ek Prem Katha' in front of the producers Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. But reports suggest that the production house has rubbished any such allegations.
'These allegations are baseless and border on harassment. The script of our film has been registered under our writers’ names, Siddharth and Garima, with the authorised industry association since 2013. Furthermore, the film has been in the public domain through various news stories since July 2015. We firmly deny all the claims made by this gentleman who is obviously misled. It is sad that genuine producers have become soft targets for this kind of nuisance', said Shital Bhatia, co-producer of the film.
But Praveen Vyas is not ready to budge. He has sent a legal notice and a cease and desist notice to the makers. Vyas was quoted saying, 'Manini follows the female protagonist as she protests against the lack of a toilet in her marital home on the first night of her marriage after female relatives wake her up before sunrise to tend to nature’s call in an open field. The scenes in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’s trailer shows the same interaction between characters'.
The film releases on 11th August.