Sushant-Kriti’s 'Raabta' in legal trouble over plagiarism issue

Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon upcoming film ‘Raabta’ has been accused of copying its plot from S.S. Rajamouli’s 2009 film ‘Magadheera ’. The makers of the Telugu blockbuster have alleged plagiarism and copyright violation by ‘Raabta’ makers, and moved a Hyderabad court seeking a stay on the scheduled release of the Dinesh Vijan directorial on June 9.

The city court has issued an injunction notice and posted the matter for a hearing on June 1. Till then, the release of ‘Raabta’ hangs in balance.

‘Magadheera’ producer Allu Arvind of Geetha Arts banner has contended that the unique story and plot line of his film starring Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Aggarwal was copied in ‘Raabta’.

The controversy started soon after the trailer of ‘Raabta’ was unveiled. The concept of two estranged lovers meeting in a different life with a time gap of a few hundred set off reports that the storyline was allegedly borrowed from ‘Magadheera’.

However, the cast and makers of ‘Raabta’ have denied the allegations and have claimed that there was no similarity between the two films whatsoever, apart from the reincarnation bit.

“I have seen ‘Magadheera’ and liked it too. It was set in a completely different time-zone, with chariots, armours, royalty and dressed women. ‘Raabta’ is completely different in every aspect including the flashback angle. The only common factor is the reincarnation bit,” Kriti, the leading lady of ‘Raabta’, said.

Dinesh Vijan, who is making his directorial debut with the film, said, “‘Magadheera’ is a blockbuster down south but apart from the fact that the story is about reincarnation, there is nothing common between the two. It is like talking about two films which tell a love story between three people, which are entirely different in their story, execution, characterization and other aspects. Also, we had ‘Madhumati’, ‘Karan Arjun’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’, all revolving around the concept of re-incarnation. In my film, we are trying to reincarnate reincarnation and discuss the concept of unrequited love.”

Producer Madhu Mantena owns the official Hindi remake rights of ‘Magadheera’, and a source close to him was quoted as saying, “Madhu paid a fortune to acquire the Hindi remake rights of Magadheera. He has been trying to remake Magadheera into Hindi for eight years.It’s a costly film… Madhu is still at it and he hopes to get the project going in 2018. There is no way he will allow a rip-off to steal his thunder.”