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Thread: New York script plagiarised?
07-01-2009, 12:38 PM #1
New York script plagiarised?
Suchita Bhhatia is an angry young woman. The director and writer, who is just starting out, cries foul after realising that the story idea she had narrated to Yash Raj Films three years ago, was hijacked and turned into a film, New York, without her knowledge. And is not ready to suffer in silence.
Suchita said, “I wrote to Aditya Chopra in August 2006 regarding two stories I had. He asked director Arjun Sablok to get in touch with me. He contacted me and we fixed up a meeting at the YRF studio. On September 1, I met Arjun and narrated two story ideas to him. He was extremely happy with the stories. I still remember him exclaiming ‘Wow!’ I kept writing to him, but there was no response and I gave up as I got busy with other work. To my surprise, after three years, I saw New York and was disheartened to know what they had done: using my story without even informing me, let alone give me any credit.”
The script was registered with the Writer’s Association in 2006. She has since filed a complaint with the Association. “I wrote to Adi as well as Arjun about this and have lodged a complaint with the Writer’s Association. There hasn’t been any response from YRF yet.”
Arjun Sablok denies it, “I have no recollection of such a meeting and I need more time before I can officially comment on the matter.”
Says New York director Kabir Khan, “If this girl had written the script and if YRF had liked the story so much why wouldn’t they take it? And why would they pay and give credit to Sandeep Shrivastav for the same story instead? It’s ridiculous that people use a popular film to get cheap publicity and five minutes of fame. And the theatrical promos of NewYork were out since 2008 and they stated exactly what the film was all about so why is she raising her voice now?”
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