Deepika Padukone’s upcoming movie titled 'Chhapaak' has landed in legal trouble after a writer accused the filmmakers of using the story written by him. The writer named Rakesh Bharti has approached the Bombay High Court, demanding due credit as one of the writers of the movie which is based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal- an acid attack survivor.
The trailer of the movie received critical acclaim for its brilliant and emotional portrayal of Deepika's character who is attacked by acid for refusing the romantic advances of a man.
As per a new report, Bharti's suit alleged that he has originally come up with the idea for a movie on an acid attack survivor, which he had tentatively titled as “Black Day”, and got it registered with the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA) in February 2015. The writer also claimed that he had been working on the project and was in the process of approaching actors and producers including Fox Star Studio for narration.
“However, the project could not commence due to unavoidable circumstances. The plaintiff had narrated them the idea, which is the production house for ‘Chhapaak’,” the plea said. As per the new portal, when Bharti came to know about Meghna Gulzar's project he submitted a complaint with the producers but did not receive a reply, following which he had to approach the court.
In his plea, the writer has requested a stay on the release of the film until he gets due credit. Chhappak is slated for a January release.