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Another Rajasthani filmmaker gets into a spat with makers of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

It seems like controversies surrounding the Akshay Kumar starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha are not going to end anytime soon. After being accused by an Udaipur-based documentary maker for allegedly copying scenes from his documentary feature film and a Jaipur filmmaker for allegedly lifting a punchline from his film’s song, another Jaipur-based filmmaker, Pratik Sharma, has sent a legal notice to the makers of the film for copying the subject of his film Gutrun Gutargun. After Sharma filed a lawsuit against the makers for infringement of copyright act, Additional District Judge No 14, Jaipur Metropolitan sent a notice to the producers of the film on July 14 and has asked them to appear before the court on July 22.

Pratik says, “Much before Toilet Ek Prem Katha was announced, I made the film Gutrun Gutargun, on the subject of cleanliness drive in 2015. It was first screened on November 4, 2015, at a private auditorium in Jaipur. The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also attended the screening of my film.”

Pratik adds, “To make a documentary on such an issue is relatively easy , but to make a complete feature film was a task. My film was given a `U’ certificate by the CBFC in August 2015 and it was screened in Rajasthan and Bihar with a trial run. The film was also granted tax-free status in Bihar and Uttrakhand.”

He adds, “My film was also screened at various national and international film festivals including RMIT Indian Film Festival Melbourne 2016, Australia, Dada Saheb Film Festival 2016, Patna International Film Festival 2016, Delhi International Film Festival 2015 and Rajasthan International Film Festival 2016.It was slated to release across 150 screens across India on July 28, 2017, but since the promo of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has been released, distributors backed off.

“The makers of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha have copied the subject of my film and this is an offence under section 65 of the Copyright Act. My movie depicts day-to-day challenges of women’s lives in villages and also shows the inconvenience and embarrassment women have to go through due to lack of toilets at home”, says Pratik.

The film was again screened at a Jaipur multiplex in February this year by ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) department with the support of UNICEF for 400 Anganwadi workers. Seeing the impact of the film, Asmita Sharma, the lead actress was announced as the Brand Ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission in Udaipur district. Asmita who plays Uganti, the main protagonist in the film says, “The film garnered a lot of attention. And to be appointed as the brand ambassador was a great encouragement for all of us to take forward our cleanliness mission.”

When contacted, makers of the film said that they are not aware of the allegations.

Source : timesofindia

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