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08-12-2011, 09:11 PM #1
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Pankaj Kapur's Mausam in legal trouble
Pankaj Kapur's directorial debut Mausam has been one of the most anticipated films right from the day it was announced. The film starring his son Shahid Kapoor along with Sonam Kapoor is the latest film to fall prey to title rows. Pankaj's old friend and former colleague Nawman Malik claims that the title Mausam is registered under his name and filed a complaint with the Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers. To add to the situation, Malik is claiming that the story of Mausam is also his.
In his complaint, Malik has alleged that he had narrated his story to Pankaj Kapur few years ago at the actor's Versova office. After four long hours, Pankaj showed interest in making a film on it. Malik further alleged Pankaj seemed so impressed with his script that he even expressed desire to feature his star son Shahid in it. But, after some time Pankaj told Malik that his son had gone out of the country and they will resume talks when Shahid returns. However, the meeting with Shahid never materialized and they all forgot about it until the day Pankaj announced his project, which sounded awfully a lot like his own, claimed Malik.
Nawman Malik is a small time producer-actor. He is the producer of Mimoh Chakraborty's debut film Jimmy and has acted in films like Tridev and Vishkanya. Malik had served as an assistant to Pankaj Kapur when the latter directed the television serial Neem Ka Ped in the 1980s for Doordarshan; he had even acted alongside Pankaj Kapur in that show.
Now Mallik has moved the Mumbai High Court asking for an injunction against producer Sheetal Talwar and director Pankaj Kapur for using the title 'Mausam'. He has demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore for the title and has even submitted a digital film called Mausam, which he claims he made.