Rangoon, set in the era of 1940, has been in news ever since it has been announced. The film stars Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles and landed into the issue because of the copyright infringement.
Roy Wadia had claimed that Kangana Ranaut’s character is based on Fearless Nadia. Yesterday, at the Bombay High Court, senior counsels Navroz Seervai and Priyanka Khimani for Roy Wadia pointed out 19 similarities between their 1935 movie, Hunterwali, featuring Fearless Nadia and Rangoon’s publicity material.
They also said that many emails were exchanged with Rangoon director Vishal Bhardwaj, former UTV heads Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapoor to support their argument. Kangana, in the trailer and poster, resembles to Australian actress Mary Evans – from whip-yielding to mask-wearing style.
Seervai said, “It’s a clear case of copyright infringement. Both the character as well as the script have been copied. Only instead of Fearless Nadia, Kangana’s character has been named Jaanbaaz Miss Julia.” Demanding the injunction on the release, “There are several e-mails when Wadia was in Japan, desperately trying to reach him as UTV was about to back out of the film due to problems of copyright infringement. Vishal was deeply involved in the project and it was impossible for him to back out.”
Virag Tulzapurak, Vishal’s counsel, has also suggested that Justice KR Shriram should see the film. Justice Shriram, at the end, “At the end of the day, it is money that settles most matters.”
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