Intellectual Property is still a fledgling idea in India, but the people who have money to defend it are already doing it – like the makers of Magadheera. Magadheera was a super duper magnum opus success during its time. Now, looks like the Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon starrer Raabta is in trouble because of the alleged similarities that it has with Magadheera. According to this report on Firstpost, the production house is seeking an injunction against the Raabta, which is all set to release on June 9.
Since we do not have the copy of the claim with us, it is difficult to gauge who’s right and who’s wrong in this situation. Reincarnation films have been part and parcel of Bollywood since the ’40s. Therefore, nobody can claim a copyright on that. However, one cannot deny that there are striking similarities between both films – both are based in ancient lands and both have lovers separated by someone else. But then, the lovers separated was also the story in Hameshaa, which starred Saif Ali Khan, Kajol and Aditya Pancholi in the lead roles.
Of course, the lawyers for Magadheera will have much more brains than a blogger who runs a horror film based website. There are going to be several finer and intricate points that will come up in the documents that they will present to court.
We are still wondering why a film-maker in 2017 will want even an iota of bad press for their film, even running the risk of not getting a release. Looking at the production values of Raabta, that isn’t just a film that’s been made using spare time and spare change. Such a project should have had an iron-clad script and the smoothest of sailings to the movie halls.