Writer and filmmaker Rakesh Bharti have filed a petition in Bombay High Court against the makers of Deepika Padukone’s film ‘Chhapak’, saying that she is the original author of this story based on Laxmi Aggarwal, a victim of an acid attack, on which the film is based is. The petitioner Rakesh Bharti demands that he should also be credited as a co-writer in the film.
In his petition filed by Rakesh Bharti, he said that he had conceptualized an idea/film for the production of a film, which he named ‘Black Day’. He recorded his story in the Indian Motion Pictures Association (IMPAA) in February 2015. Rakesh said that he had been working on the script ever since and was engrossed in approaching various actors and producers for the film, has also narrated the story to Fox Star Studios.
The petition stated, “However, this project did not proceed in view of any special circumstances. The complainant shared the idea of the film with Fox Star Studios, the company producing ‘Chhapak’.” He has also demanded the appointment of an expert to get into the issue and compare the original story with ‘Chhapak’.
Advocate Saraogi said that the first hearing of this petition was held by the High Court Vacation Bench on 27 December and now its next hearing will be on 7 January. ‘Chhapak’ is a film based on the life of acid attack Laxmi Aggarwal, in which Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey will be seen in the lead roles. The film will be released nationwide on 10 January 2020.