Twinkle Khanna’s ‘PadMan’ starring Akshay Kumar is a dream project that has materialised beyond expectations. With raving reviews by critics and cine-goers, it is probably one of the finest maiden production ventures we have seen till date.
Based on the life and works of Arunachalam Muruganantham, inventor of low-cost sanitary napkins, the film has successfully introduced us to a super-hero that we desperately needed.
But it is not going to be a smooth sail. How can I say that?
Well, because a budding writer, Ripu Daman Jaiswal has come out in the open to accuse the makers of lifting scenes in the film from his script and plagiarising. He took to Twitter and wrote in a series of tweets.
Intermission of PadMan. 11 scenes has been copied from my script uptil now and even one of the character. That’s it. I am definitely going to court.
— Ripu Daman Jaiswal (@Shivashorcrux) February 9, 2018
“11 scenes have been copied from my script and even one of the character. That’s it. I am definitely going to court.”
I can’t tell you how hard it is to see the film I have written with so much passion & integrity going away from me. Every day, every moment I feel cheated with faith. I just hope that the cosmos give me enough strength to survive this hard times. I am trying real hard to survive.
— Ripu Daman Jaiswal (@Shivashorcrux) February 3, 2018
He even alleges that even the dialogues from his script are lifted.
I remember I was in the library when I wrote this dialogue and was truly elated. Honestly, I surprised myself that day. Tell me, how on earth can you steal someone’s dialogue?
This is unfair.
(Amitabh Bachchan quoted this dialogue in PadMan.) pic.twitter.com/9mQN3Jlt8T
— Ripu Daman Jaiswal (@Shivashorcrux) February 10, 2018
He also put up a Facebook post where he alleges that he had sent a script to Dharma Productions and how the scenes in the film have been lifted from his story. Read his entire post here with the screenshot.
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 from SCREENWRITER ASSOCIATION and sent to Ryan Stephan (Karan Johar’s production — 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 is making a film based on his life, starring AKSHAY KUMAR.
I was completely devastated but I couldn’t have pointed the allegation at that time because Twinkle Khanna has said that they were making a film on his life. And I hadn’t written a film on his life. Not even a single scene has been inspired by his own life. I have taken the subject and created my own fictional world around that subject.
At first, I started writing a film on his life but then I quit because during my research, I discovered that Arunachalam doesn’t make ‘biodegradable’ sanitary pads and he utilizes machine to make sanitary pads which rural women can’t make by themselves – also, I had a fear that producers won’t accept a film based on his life because what he developed has already been developed by MIT students before him. I thought I should be honest while writing a biopic and if I can’t be honest I shouldn’t write it. I have tacked together several issues women face in rural India and it would have gone in vain in an honest biopic.
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.) I have decided to take this matter to court and fight a battle against the producers of the film.
Guys, I am looking for a good lawyer in Bombay who can fight along with me. I have no money in my pocket to hire a famous lawyer but I promise to pay a heavy amount after I win this battle. If you know anyone, please connect with me. ASAP.
Reportedly, the writer has now filed an FIR against Akshay Kumar. Wonder what the entire team of ‘PadMan’ has to say about this.