Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Jhund' gets into legal trouble with copyright violation

Poster of the film 'Jhund'. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 19, 2019, 10.30 AM (IST)

Amitabh Bachchan and makers of upcoming film ‘Jhund’ were served legal notices earlier in the day by a Hyderabad-based filmmaker Nandi Chinni Kumar citing copyright infringement. 

Nandi is an independent filmmaker who claims that he was cheated and criminally intimidated by those involved in the making of the film ‘Jhund’ as it is based on the life of Akhilesh Paul, a slum soccer player who was the Indian captain at the Homeless World Cup. 

The filmmaker plans on moving the court to stop the screening of the movie in theatres, television and all digital platforms.

He said that he bought exclusive rights in 2017 to make a movie on the life of Akhilesh Paul. He had planned to write and direct the multilingual movie tentatively titled ‘Slum Soccer’ on the life of Akhilesh, who was born in the slums of Nagpur and was addicted to drugs. However, his passion for football changed his life and he went on to lead India in the Homeless World Cup.

Nandi claims to have registered the story and script with Telangana Cinema Writers Association on June 11, 2018.

He has thus filed a copyright claim against the makers of the film and those associated with it including director and producer, Nagraj Manjule, producer Krishan Kumar, T-Series Chairman and Managing Director Bhushan Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Slum Soccer founder Vijay Barse, on whose life the film is said to be based on. 

While ‘Jhund’ is based on the life of Vijay Barse, he claims that the story is the same as he is the coach of his story’s hero, Akhilesh. He said, “Though Nagaraj Manjule, director of Marathi blockbuster ‘Sairat’, bought the rights to make a movie on the life of Vijay Barse, who is the coach of Akhilesh Paul, his film Jhund’ also showcases Akhilesh’s story in a major role.”

According to him, Nagraj Manjule claimed to have bought rights from Akhilesh Paul for Rs 4 lakh but was reluctant to show the documents. “Even Akhilesh denied selling him the rights. Nagraj humiliated me and forced to come for settlement without showing papers,” Nandi said.

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Nandi is an independent filmmaker who claims that he was cheated and criminally intimidated by those involved in the making of the film ‘Jhund’ as it is based on the life of Akhilesh Paul, a slum soccer player who was the Indian captain at the Homeless World Cup.