Script-writer, Jyoti Kapoor has won a case of copyright violation and breach of confidence against Bollywood director-producer Kunal Kohli of Aamir Khan-starrer Fanaa fame.
The Supreme Court, in a landmark verdict, ruled that there were similarities between the storyline of Kohli’s under-production film “Phir Se” and Jyoti’s script titled “RSVP”.
The court ordered that Kohli pay Jyoti a compensation of Rs 25 lakh and give her credit for story idea. The verdict brought to end an eight-month battle which took Jyoti from multiple industry dispute resolution mechanisms to the High Court and then to the Supreme Court.
“The judges asked us to go for a settlement and I agreed, as I don’t believe in fighting with members of my fraternity. Judges felt that creative people should settle to promote creativity and culture. Case is finally over. Release date to be announced soon,” Kunal tweeted.
Hum Tum, Fanaa, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Break Ke Baad and Teri Meri Kahaani are some of the movies Kunal Kohli is associated with as director.
“Phir Se” would mark acting debut for Kunal Kohli and lead actress Jennifer Winget. The movie deals with a husband-wife relationship.
Rajit Kapoor, Dalip Tahil, Kanwaljeet Singh and Sushmita Mukherjee portray supporting roles.
“Phir Se” is scheduled for release on June 26, 2015.