Megastar Akshay Kumar has been accused of using a struggling writer’s work without attribution in his latest offering, Pad Man. The film, which entered theatres on 9th February, is inspired from the life of social activist and philanthropist Arunachalam Muruganantham who created a machine to make affordable sanitary pads for women in rural India.
A young writer Ripu Daman Jaiswal has accused the makers of the film of ripping off some of the scenes from his script which he had sent to Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions in 2016. The writer has filed a suit against Akshay Kumar.
After watching the film, shocked Jaiswal posted on his Facebook account, “One and a half years ago, I had written and registered a film based on the works of Arunachalam Muruganantham and Saati biodegradable sanitary pads. Have you heard about them? Yup, Arunachalam Muruganantham is the guy who had made low-cost sanitary pads for rural women. I had registered the film on 5th of December 2016 with SCREEN WRITER ASSOCIATION and sent (it) to Ryan Stephan (Karan Johar’s Productions’ Creative Head) and personally to Vikram Aditya Motwane. And you know what happened? After ten days on 16th of December 2016, I heard the news that Mrs. Twinkle Khanna revealed that her production (house) is making a film based on his life, starring AKSHAY KUMAR.”
“Recently, the PADMAN trailer released, and most of the scenes have been taken from the summary I had sent to MR. Ryan Stephan. Yes, they even copied my fictional scenes (Check out the Rakshabandan scene. In real life, Arunachalam Muruganantham has no sister),” he added.
Well, this is not the first time when heavyweights of Bollywood have been accused of lifting others’ work. But what will be really interesting to see whether or not the makers of the movie give the writer his credit and dues if charges of plagiarism are proved against them!