Mumbai, April 15 -- Kangana Ranaut's recent release, Queen, may be reigning at the box office, but, unfortunately it finds itself in controversy now.
Director Vikas Bahl has been accused of copying the entire premise of the film from another movie, the yet-to-be-released Phir Zindagi (PZ).
The writer of this film, Abhigyan Jha, Vikas Bahl, director says, "We all saw the film (Queen) pretty late and we were shocked. Our film was shown to Vikas back in 2006 when he was with UTV Spotboy. He then went on to use the same premise in Queen. In fact, some of the scenes too have been lifted. The screenplay is slightly different, but the basic premise of a girl going for her honeymoon alone is the same."
PZ was apparently completed back in 2006 and was shown to Vikas when the makers were looking for a releasing partner. "But due to several reasons, it could not be released back then," he adds. When asked if he intends to take legal action against the makers, Jha says, "We do want to take some form of legal action against Bahl... the truth will eventually come out."
PZ's director and producer, Parvati Balgopalan, however, disagrees with Jha's stance. She says, "I don't see the point in taking any legal action at this stage. I don't know if it will do us any good. I don't want it to seem like we are trying to gain publicity by leeching off his stardom."
But she does feel slightly betrayed by the act. "I do not have a copyright on all stories of self-discovery. My only contention is that Vikas had access to my film and then he used the same premise for his. There are differences, no doubt; I loved Queen myself, but it still pinches," she says.
When contacted, Vikas replied, saying, "I want you guys to first see his (Jha) film (PZ) and then talk to me."