Lama had approached the court in July seeking a stay on the release of the period drama alleging that Gowariker had stolen the film’s story. He further claims that he had narrated the story back in 2001 to Jaswinder Ballu Saluja, an editor who has worked in some of Gowariker’s films like Lagaan and Swades. According to him he had even sent a couple of mails to Ashutosh seeking an explanation and only when he did not receive a response did he approach the court.
The fine amount will be donated to Naam Foundation, an organisation founded by Nana Patekar and Makarand Anaspure that works for the betterment of farmers in Maharashtra’s drought-prone areas, as Gowariker wanted to give the money to some welfare organisation.
The film is all set to release on 12 August.