It was last week that the trailer of Netflix‘s new horror show Betaal dropped online creating a good buzz around. The show is backed by Shah Rukh Khan‘s Red Chillies Entertainment and that gave it an added weightage. However, seems like there could be a little trouble for the streaming giant and the makers of the show in taking it ahead. Marathi screenwriters Sameer Wadekar and Mahesh Gosawi have alleged that the show has lifted the story of their zombie film titled Vetaal. The writers say they had registered their script with the Screen Writers’ Association (SWA) and have also filed a complaint with them now. Also Read - Betaal New Stills Out: Viineet Kumar Singh, Aahana Kumra Are Ready to Fight Their Undead Enemy
While talking to Mid-Day recently, the writers said they had registered the script with the SWA last year and it was right after one year that SRK’s Betaal went on the floors in July 2019. He said they had gone to pitch the idea of their film to other production houses but not to Red Chillies Entertainment. “We hadn’t pitched it to Red Chillies Entertainment, so the onus isn’t on them, but on the platform that commissioned it. I haven’t been able to figure out how (the idea) reached them,” said Wadekar after their first hearing at the high court. Also Read - Betaal Trailer Out: Shah Rukh Khan’s Zombie-Horror Thriller Web-Series Can Give You Nightmares
The writer added that they can make out 10 things from Betaal that are similar to what they wrote in their film Vetaal. Wadekar said, “We have depicted zombies as descendants of the Vetaal army from Shivaji’s era while, in Betaal, they are shown as belonging to the British era. We have written a sequence where the army dances to folk music during a procession. A similar scene is included in their trailer.” Also Read - Shah Rukh Khan's New Series For Netflix Betaal Will Bring Chills Down Your Spine, Release Date Out
The court, meanwhile, has dismissed their plea of putting a stay on the show but has asserted that they can claim damages after proving that the show is plagiarised. Both Red Chillies and Netflix haven’t commented on the show yet.