Singh is King sued over plagiarism
The crew of much-appreciated Akshay-Katrina starrer ‘Singh is Kinng’ has been sued by writer Amit Khan for Rs 5 crore. Amit claims the movie is a scene-by-scene copy of his novel ‘Boss’, published in 1996. He has accused director Anees Bazmee has of robbery, as he did not give the writer any credit for the script in the flick.
Amit has previously worked with Anees Bazmee as the dialogue and screenplay writer of ‘Karz – The Burden of Truth’. He explained that he had handed a copy of scenes from ‘Boss’ to Bazmee then, and had even gifted the novel to Akshay Kumar in an informal meeting, while the actor was shooting for ‘Dhadkan’. Amit added that Akki’s then secretary Vikas Bali had appreciated the concept of ‘Boss’.
When director Bazmee was questioned regarding the allegations, he defended himself saying, “I gave Amit a break. This is what success does to people. Now that my film is a hit, he’s claiming I’ve stolen his story. Does he have a proof?”
Amit Khan is an established writer with around 90 novels under his belt. Besides writing fiction, he has also been involved in writing scripts, dialogues and screenplay for Bollywood movies.
The frustrated writer told reporters, “I have sued ‘Singh is Kinng’ and the team for Rs 5 crore. I came to know about it when I saw the film on August 10, 2008. I immediately filed a complaint with the Writers’ Association on August 13, 2008.”
Source: Zee News