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A filmmaker sues TEPK producers for stealing scenes from his short film

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Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has run into legal trouble. The film that revolves around the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, has been accused of stealing scenes from a short film.

Mumbai Mirror reports that documentary filmmaker Praveen Vyas has sued the makers of the film for allegedly copying the plot and scenes from his documentary Manini that was adjudged as the third best film out of the 4,500 entries submitted around the theme of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa last year.

Vyas has alleged that several scenes and dialogues from TEPK are a direct copy of his documentary and addressed the legal notices to the Bollywood film’s production and distribution company, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. “Manini follows the female protagonist as she protests against lack of a toilet in her marital home on the first night of her marriage after female relatives wake her up before sunrise to tend to nature’s call in an open field. The scenes in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’s trailer shows the same interaction between characters,” Vyas told Mirror.

But Shital Bhatia, co-producer and of the film and co-founder of Friday Filmworks, rubbished the allegations. “These allegations are baseless and border on harassment. The script of our film has been registered under our writers’ names, Siddharth and Garima, with the authorised industry association since 2013. Furthermore, the film has been in the public domain through various news stories since July 2015. We firmly deny all the claims made by this gentleman who is obviously misled. It is sad that genuine producers have become soft targets for this kind of nuisance,” the report quotes him as saying.

Refusing to budge, Vyas has sent a legal notice and a cease and desist notice to the makers. The report quotes him as saying, “Manini follows the female protagonist as she protests against lack of a toilet in her marital home on the first night of her marriage after female relatives wake her up before sunrise to tend to nature’s call in an open field. The scenes in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’s trailer shows the same interaction between characters.”

You can watch the short film Manini below.

Via Mumbai Mirror

81 Comments

    • @bollyarena please block this idiot SRK varun fan . Jab se Akshay ki performace better ho gayi hai tab hi se yeh insecure SRK fans pagal ho gaye hai . I respect SRK but yeh pagal log Srk ka naam duba rahe hai

      • @ housefull I know u r our side( means u r akkian)
        But ab mai ab kisi ko block nahi hone doonga …
        Aur waise bhi arena wale kaafi criticism jhel chuke hai humlogo ko block karne ke baad

    • That guy wants to gain some fame that’s why he is saying so
      Iska haal bhi raabta jaisa case ki tarah I mean tepk willnt be guilty

      • @roric bilkul sahi kaha . Mai bhi yahi soch raha tha. Is praveen vyas ka naam kisi ne bhi nahi suna. Yeh aadmi laalchi lag raha hai . Yeh vyas jo marzi kr le na hi isko koi paise milne hai aur na hi yeh TEPK ka kuch bigaad skta hai .

        • @housefull
          Isko srk varun fan ko choodh na
          Yeh kabhi apne gaon ke bahar kadam rakha nahi hoga. Aur likhta hai he is from UK
          Waise tjh jaise akkian se milke khusi hui
          Whatsapp me on 7504304770

          • SRK and Varun Dhawan U.K Fans Base Reply

            @gaon se Bahar tune kadam nahin takha hoga, im a UK born citizen!

            • SRK Varun UK haters Reply

              Jaa be gawaar SRK varun fan . Pata nahi kis gaon k keth se aaya hai aur baate UK ki krta hai . Nalayak tu na india aur na hi UK k layak hai. Tu dhobi ka kutta hai .

  1. I dont want to bash Akki as I respect him but an Akkian is commenting everywhere using my name. Dude, I have said nothing against your star, come out.

  2. SRK and Varun Dhawan U.K Fans Base Reply

    Saale chor kahin ke! Bloody thieves!

    TEPK IS A STOLEN IDEA! He should get his rights if he is speaking the truth!

    • abeyy Raees movie pe bhi case hua tha….

      uss movie ko gujrat ke gunda Abdul lateef ka unofficial biography batya jata hai
      Abdul lateef ka beta hi case kar diya tha …ki ye uske baap ki biography hai

    • @SRK varun UK fan are u an idiot . I think u are suffering from some mental disorder . Beta akal se baat kr . TEPK ek bilkul naya concept hai. Yeh sue krne wala filmmaker bhi tere jaisa mental hai . Is idiot ne sirf paiso k liye yeh farzi case kiya hai.

      • SRK and Varun Dhawan U.K Fans Base Reply

        @houseful maybe you are right but you know how the society runs, you are guilty till you prove yourself innocent!

        The filmmakers need to get proof but then they can get proof with money and power like Salman accident case haha!

        The rich rule
        And the poor suffer!

    • @srk varun fan don’t u have manners . How can u use such a language . U are such a shameless creature . People like u don’t deserve to comment here . I should be blocked by bollyarena.

    • Kung fu Yoga Reply

      Oh SRK k fan . Language dekh apni . Ek to tu TEPK k baare mein bura bol raha hai. Upar se gawaro wali language use kr raha hai . Yeh sab news galat hai. Tu apni zubaan mat kaali kr. Acha nahi lagta.

  3. TEPK seems to copy the same, Aksgy isvtrying to become copy master like salman does

  4. TEPK INDIRECTLY COPY OF MANINI
    Tepk COPY the concept of manini 2 minute short film and made 2hrs film with Mirch masala.
    COPY copy…….
    Now toilet also not original watch short film manini you will get the reality of copy TEPK.

  5. Dear @parsya if u really amir fan and u really like original concept of Amir movie then u condemn TEPK it’s a based on short film manini. Otherwise u r really akshay fan and making fool to show being die hard Amir fan

  6. Prashant abhishek Reply

    This is the tight slap on faces of SRK haters who are calling JHMS is copy of WHMS.now see Akshay is copying scenes from short films.

  7. I have just watched the short film Manini. I don’t know whether TEPK truly has taken any idea from Manini or not; but even if TEPK took some ideas from Manini there is nothing wrong in it. There are so many films which are made with same kind of story. And here TEPK didn’t copy the scene ditto.

    • This is the reason why the filmmakers told that it is copy….
      U all curious to watch manini….in just few hours..

      • Obviously few people will watch this film and then only other people will get to know third party or neutral point of view. After all it won some award in IFFI among 4500 entries and thus producer has some credibility. Now Judge in the court also watch this film …

  8. both are inspired from true events so surely there will be some similarity

  9. Yeh news farzi hai . Koi lalchi filmmaker paiso k chakkar mein yeh false case TEPK k makers kar daal raha hai . Is Pravern Vyas ko jail ho jaani chahiye.

  10. srkins most foolish fan base how they copy short film with 3 minutes for long film like TEPK or they are forget that JHMS is actually copy of hollywood movie WHMS

  11. Vijay