Delhi HC seeks response from ‘PK’ makers in plagiarism issue

<PK dir="ltr">Kapil Isapuri, a Hindi novelist, had filed a complaint against the ‘PK’ filmmakers some time ago. His allegations were that the ‘PK’ team had copied ideas from his book titled ‘Farishta’. On Thursday, Delhi High Court asked the filmmakers to give a response in this matter. Now Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raju Hirani have been asked to submit their explanations to the court by 4th September.

Kapil Isapuri had approached the court and had asked a compensation of Rs 1 crore! The novelist has clearly pointed out all the similarities between his novel and the blockbuster ‘PK’. Kapil says, “Inter-religious love in shown in my book and religion has been critiqued in detail in the same way as I have done in my book. The connection between religion and fashion has been discussed in the film and I have done the same in my book. Even the tapasvi (godman) in the film speaks in a manner similar to the godman in my book. The role of the media and its pandering to TRPs is also something I have explored in my book, which is portrayed through the depressed doggy scene in PK, and in many more scenes.”

The novelist alleges that the filmmakers have “stolen the characters, expression of ideas and scenes from the novel”. If the charges by him prove to be of substance, then this case will go into investigation. Lawyers of ‘PK’ team have said that the script’s first draft had already been registered with writer association in the month of July 2010. The title under which it was registered was ‘Ghan Jaana Hai’. Then five more versions of the script had been submitted under the title ‘PK’.

The novelist has responded to these claims of the lawyers. He said that it was in 2009 that the script if this novel had been submitted. The novel went on to be published in 2013. He says, “Everything at the script level was already done by 2013, so we can easily claim that he, in fact, copied us.” Then ‘PK’ was released in 2014. Justice Najmi Waziri has expressed the possibility of two identical ideas being the product of two different minds.

The novelist emphasizes that “the depth and dialogues of the film absolutely match Farishta’s”. I watched the film on January 1 and was mentally disturbed after that as it seemed completely similar to my own book. This is gross exploitation of a little-known writer.”