The Hyderabad based filmmaker who makes short films in Telugu has sent legal notices over alleged copyright infringement to the makers of Jhund and star Amitabh Bachchan who plays the lead role in the film.
He sent notices to eight people in the first week of October including director Nagraj Manjule, Amitabh Bachchan, producer Krishan Kumar, and Bhushan Kumar. The notice was also sent to Akhilesh Paul and Vijay Barse, the founders of NGO Slum Soccer on whose life the film based.
Reportedly the filmmaker wanted to make a biopic titled Slum Soccer on Paul, the slum soccer player who was the Indian captain at the 'Homeless World Cup'. He claimed that he had bought the exclusive copyrights from Paul under the 'Life Story Rights Agreement' in 2017 itself.
In Jhund, Big B will portray the role of Vijay Barse, a Nagpur-based retired sports teacher who started a slum soccer movement.
Nandi also mentioned that Paul had also signed a 'No Objection Certificate', declaring that the director is the authorized person for exclusive rights for making the biopic in any language and it was not given to anyone else.
Furthermore, Kumar said he had sent several emails to Jhund producers but they never reverted. He further alleged that the film's producers indulged in deceit and cheating and thus delayed his project by threat and criminal intimidation over the phone. The legal notice also accused Jhund producers of colluding and conspiring and committing infringement of copyrights and indulging in the making of the film.
"You addressees infringed copyrights of our client, and not only violated his copyrights, but also damaged our client's prospects of making the film 'Slum soccer'," the legal notice read.
Kumar said he also sent emails to Bachchan in the last week of September.