Akshay Kumar’s PadMan got surrounded with controversy after a young writer accused him and his team of plagiarism. Ripu Daman Jaiswal has openly accused the makers of PadMan of copying major scenes from his registered script. He said on Twitter that 11 scenes and one character is copied from his script.
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
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 posted the picture of ‘lifted’ dialogues from his script. The seal of Writer’s Association can be seen on it.
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
In a Facebook post, he alleged that he had sent his script to Dharma Productions, and then after watching PadMan’s trailer, he found that scenes in the film have been lifted from his story. Read the complete Facebook post:
You guys, I need help.
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.
For Proof, I am attaching the screenshot of the summary I sent to Ryan Stephen of Dharma production.
Although the writer and director of the movie, R. Balki denied this allegation. In an interview to PTI, He said:
“That’s so foolish. After every film, some people foolishly make these claims. My film is an official biography of Muruganantham. Is he accusing Muruganantham of leading a life that has been copied from his writing? That’s so silly.”
Well, no one knows the truth about these allegations and only time will tell whether Ripu Daman is right or he is just doing it for publicity. But we do hope that if he is right, he gets proper credits and compensation for his work.