Akshay Kumar's Mission Mangal In Legal Trouble Over Copyright Infringement

Mission Mangal is now embroiled in a plagiarism row, by an Indian born, US-based filmmaker Radha Bharadwaj, who has demanded a shutdown of production and release of the film, alleging that it is heavily inspired by the film Space MOMs based on her own script.

Akshay Kumar Akshay Kumar's Mission Mangal In Legal Trouble Over Copyright Infringement Source : Press


Akshay Kumar recently shared a picture announcing his next project after Robot 2.0, Mission Mangal. But a lawsuit has been slapped on the project even before its inception.

US-based filmmaker Radha Bharadwaj has demanded a shutdown of production and release of the film, alleging that it is heavily inspired by her recent film Space MOMs.

Akshay's Mission Mangal is based on the story of India's Mars Mission launched on 5th November 2013. Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) or Mangalyaan was India's first interplanetary mission which also made ISRO, the fourth space agency in the world to ever reach Mars.

The Guild Award winning filmmaker accused Producer and Photographer Atul Kasbekar of copyright infringement, stating that she had shared her original screenplay with Kasbekar's team in 2016, under a non-disclosure agreement that prohibited him from disclosing any details about the project without prior written consent. But Kasbekar's production house, Ellipsis Entertainment shared the script with Vidya Balan in order to negotiate a deal for the film and get her on board. Bhardwaj also claims that the makers of Mission Mangal are rushing the production of their film to ambush the future of her own project, Space Moms.

To be in safe waters, in 2016, Bharadwaj had registered her screenplay with the US Copyright Office, securing it for both American and Indian markets. She recently completed the shooting her film Space MOMs. Bharadwaj alleges that Mission Mangal is similar to her film in showing the whole mission in a different light ie. focusing on the women engineers involved in the mission.

In the lawsuit stated before the Bombay High Court, Bharadwaj has stated, "I'll bet the details of the origin of this project were not known to Akshay Kumar, Fox Star or its US partners. But now that they know it, I ask them to act honourably. I have documentation going back to 2014 on my efforts to bring this story to screen. That they are scrambling to catch up with me seems to be an acknowledgement that their project is the same as mine. They seem to think that rushing their film into production will discourage any distributor from releasing my film."

However, the managing partner of Ellipsis Entertainment, Tanuj Garg said that although Bharadwaj and her husband reached out to the studio for the film, they eventually parted ways owing to creative differences.

Helmed by director Jagan Shakti, Mission Mangal also stars Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi and Nithya Menen in pivotal roles.



Loading...