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Priyadarshan's new Hindi film in controversy
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 15 Veteran director Priyadarshan's next
Bollywood venture faces controversy as the author of the
original Malayamam film, on which the new project is based, has
said the story was being changed without his permission.
Madhu Muttom, who wrote the story for "Manichithrathazhu", told
reporters here Thursday that Priyadarshan had not taken his
consent while basing his new project on the award-winning
"This story of 'Manichithrathazhu' is mine. Isn't it only proper
that if this story is going to be used, they should at least
speak to me? It is not proper to mutilate my story. I am raising
this issue not from a monetary aspect but from the point of a
writer who is the creator," Muttom told IANS.
"Manichithrathazhu" was a super-hit in 1992-93 and shot the lead
pair of Mohanlal and Shobana to dizzying heights.
"This film has already been remade into Tamil and Kannada and I
was not aware of this until the film was released. I have filed
a case against this too," said Muttom, adding the Hindi film was
titled "Chandralekha" according to news reports.
Reacting to the charge, Priyadarshan said the controversy was
"The new film I am to direct is produced by T-Series, which has
purchased the rights from Telegu producer K. Rama Rao, who had
purchased the rights of the original Malayalam film from
Navodaya Appachen," Priyadarshan told IANS over telephone from
"The production house has got an order from the Kerala High
Court that the credit for the story should go to Muttom and that
will be done. So, there is no controversy at all," said the ace
He said the Hindi version would star Akshay Kumar, Shiny Ahuja,
Vidya Balan and Amisha Patel.
"Shooting would begin in Jaipur this week and we are all ready
for it," said Priyadarshan.