After receiving a green signal from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Hrithik Roshan’s upcoming film Mohenjo Daro has cleared another major hurdle. The Bombay High Court on Tuesday has ruled in its favour, dismissing a plea for interim relief by petitioner Akashaditya Lama accusing the director Ashutosh Gowariker of copyright infringement. The High Court also fined the petitioner, who was the director of 2012 film Cigarette Ki Tarah, a sum of Rs. 1.5 lakh, saying that the intention behind the plea was only to harass the filmmaker.
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.