Shoojit Sircar is coming up with a biopic on martyr Udham Singh and we've already told you that. Vicky Kaushal will be playing the role of the freedom fighter and his pictures from the sets of the film had created quite a buzz on social media.
Now, the film seems to have attracted a rather uncommon controversy!
Nearly two decades ago, Punjabi film Shaheed Udham Singh starring Raj Babbar, Shatrughan Sinha, Juhi Chawla, Gurdas Mann, Kimi Verma & Amrish Puri released. It was directed by Chann Pardesi fame Chitarath Singh & was produced by Iqbal Dhillon. Upon its release, the film went on to become a box office winner.
Now as the Hindi biopic is all set to release on 2nd October 2020, the makers of the Punjabi film have sent a public notice over the copyright on the life of Udham Singh.
Is it not amusing?
If anyone could object over Shaheed Udham Singh's biopic, it could be his family, how can the makers of the previous biopic issue a notice to current makers of the same freedom fighter's biopic!
Dhillon's notice states: “We, Surjit Movies and Iqbal Singh Dhillon are the producers and the sole, exclusive and absolute owners of copyrights and all other rights and to all the works of the Punjabi and Hindustani film Shaheed Udham Singh: Alias Ram Mohammed Singh Azad.”
Reportedly, the sources in the trade opine that unless Shoojit’s team borrows anything from that film, they could be copyright free. Udham Singh was killed in 1940. Hence by 2000, all his life’s work is copyright free. Unless the family of Udham Singh has any issue on the content of the film, one does not foresee too much trouble for Shoojit, Vicky and the team of Udham Singh, said a source.
There have been numerous films made on time and life of other freedom fighters such as Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Kartar Singh Sarabha in Punjabi & Hindi. We never ever heard of any copyright issues regarding those films in the past. Is this just a trick to get into the limelight or what?