Abhishek Pathak is saddened to spot similarities between his feature directorial debut Ujda Chaman and Ayushmann Khurrana's Bala, and he says the latter should have made some changes to stand out and be original.
Ujda Chaman, a remake of the 2017 Kannada movie Ondu Motteya Kathe, features Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor Sunny Singh as a balding young man. Bala stars as Ayushmann as a young bald man and the movie's poster and subsequently even the trailer were similar to Ujda Chaman, the director said.
“There are some similarities that can be seen between Bala and Ujda Chaman. I don't know what's going on. I came up with my trailer on October 1 and they came up with it around October 10-11, "Abhishek told PTI," So this question should be asked how is it similar? If they had seen my trailer, they should have done something … at least, change something, "he added.
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The director said not only the idea, even the dialogue and screenplay of Bala looks similar to his. “I know the original film so well and mine is an official remake. People don't know yet, because they're just seeing the trailer, but I know. I can see glimpses of the original movie in that trailer (Bala). So, I was fine, let the legal team handle it. ”Pathak said he had sent a notice to Maddock Films when the films were announced.
“We are in discussions with my team right now. We had sent them a notice when we bought the rights, early 2019 because even their announcement had come around the same time. I gave them all the documents because their movie sounded similar.
“They said nothing except for the character being bald and I bought their words. But now that seems to be the case. Dialogues, situations, everything seems similar and even people have caught it. ”Abhishek said when he saw the trailer and creatives for Bala, it“ obviously saddened ”him.
“I respected the Kannada filmmaker by signing an agreement and putting it everywhere that it's a remake and just making it… There are so many films that are official remakes, so there is nothing like you want to be the first one who thought about this idea. No. If anyone has thought about it, give him that respect. Why did you want to take a flag and say, 'We thought about it?' While Bala was originally scheduled to release a week after Ujda Chaman, it was now open a day before: November 7.
Abhishek says unlike Bala's team, he just wants to get into "that mess to prove a point."
“This is about proving a point. Come on Nov 8. One day before, how does that really make a difference? I don't understand. You're just trying to prove a point, 'Oh we were the first ones to do this.'
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“First you said Nov 22, then Nov 15 and now Nov 7. How is it going to change the dynamics of my film? And you have a big star. If you're coming on Nov 15, I'm going to eat into your business. "
When asked if it was unsettling for him that Bala was highlighted by a star like Ayushmann, he said, “I love his work. But I'm not thinking about it. I'm sure my people are right. I have officially bought something. Things will fall into place. I don't worry about that. A lot of people are taking care of it, ”he added.
Ujda Chaman is scheduled for release on November 8.
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Oct 15, 2019 18:56 IST