Recently, the Akshay Kumar – Bhumi Pednekar starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha had been cleared of plagiarism charges which were filed by a Jaipur based filmmaker Pratik Sharma, claiming that the idea makers of TEPK stole the punchline of his film Gutrun Gutar Gun. However, the film’s director rubbishes the reports, claiming he had filed the story with the Film Writers Association back in 2014. Also Read - Durgamati Trailer Twitter Reactions: Netizens Compare Bhumi Pednekar's Performance With Anushka Shetty And They Are Not Impressed!
“How is the idea plagiarised,” questions the debutante director Shree Narayan Singh, when speaking to mid-day. “The subject of sanitation is a common one. How can people claim it’s theirs? Consider the number of movies made on a rich girl falling in love with a poor boy. Are they all copies of one other?” he added. Also Read - Durgamati Trailer: Bhumi Pednekar Impresses in This Not-so-Scary Drama With a Haunted Haveli, Wandering Soul And Political Conspiracy
“A director in Gujarat had called me after the film’s announcement to discuss our respective films. We exchanged brief descriptions of our plots, and realised that the two films were quite distinct. I can’t understand why these cases are cropping up now when the film has been in the making for two years,” he tells the daily. Also Read - Durgamati Motion Poster Out: Bhumi Pednekar is Ready For 'Payback Time', Trailer To Release Tomorrow
Out of all the plagiarism accusations the film received, Narayan Singh was left most amused with one from a writer, whose book released in April this year. “Our film was already in post-production by then. Even if the germ of the idea is the same, I’m still in the clear. It’s a powerful subject, which requires reiteration from artistes all over.”
The film is set to release by the end of this week, on August 11, 2017.