Anushka Sharma’s Phillauri is set for grand release today and the makers of a Gujarati film, Mangal Fera, took it to court alleging the film is a copy. But the Bombay High Court turned the tables on them by imposing a fine of Rs 5 lakh for wasting the time of the court.
As per reports, Gayatri Cine Production’s representatives Gayatri and Dashrath Rathod had filed the petition, requesting the court to serve the notice to Fox Star Studios, Phillauri actor and producer Anushka Sharma and her brother Karnesh along with their company Clean Slate Films for allegedly copying the script of their film. They also mentioned film’s writer Anvita Dutt Guptan in the petition.
Mangal Fera was first made in Gujarati and then in Bhojpuri and Bengali. The plot of the movie, according to the petitioners, revolves around a woman who is Manglik, but in Phillauri, the plot revolves around a young man (Suraj Sharma) who meets a friendly spirit (Anushka Sharma) after he reluctantly marries a tree to ward off any threat to his love life.
The petitioners had first sent a legal notice to Phillauri’s makers, who replied that the film is based on the tradition of women getting married to a tree. However, not satisfied with the reply, the Mangal Fera makers decided to challenge the Phillauri makers under copyright infringement act.
With the case getting dismissed and a hefty fine imposed on petitioner, the Mangal Fera makers are mulling appealing in a higher court. Apart from Anushka Sharma, Phillauri also stars Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, and Mehreen Pirzada.