Abhishek Pathak on similarities between ‘Ujda Chaman’ & ‘Bala’


Director Abhishek Pathak has expressed his disappointment against the makers of Ayushmann Khurrana’s next ‘Bala’, which happens to have similar storyline to Pathak’s ‘Ujda Chaman’.

Reported by Pinkvilla, ‘Ujda Chaman’ is Pathak’s directorial debut and also happens to be the official remake of a Kannada film, the story is about a man who is having to deal with premature balding and coincidentally ‘Bala’ is about the same. Pathak who had raised concerns about the similarities a few months back, said, “There are some similarities that can be seen between ‘Bala’ and ‘Ujda Chaman’. I don’t know what’s happening. I came with my trailer on October 1 and they came out with it around 10-11 October.” Further adding, “So this question should be asked to them that how is it similar? If they had seen my trailer, they should have done something…at least, change something.”

Drawing comparisons of the two trailers, Pathak said he is now taking legal action, “I know the original film so well and mine is an official remake. People don’t know yet, because they are just seeing the trailer, but I know. I can see the glimpses of the original film in that trailer (‘Bala’). So, I was like fine, let the legal team handle it.”

He added, “We are in discussions with my team right now. We had sent them a notice when we bought the rights, early 2019 because even their announcement had come around the same time. I gave them all the documents because their film sounded similar.”

Pathak continued to add, “They said except for the character being bald, nothing is similar and I bought their words. But now that doesn’t seem to be the case. Dialogues, situation, everything seems similar and even people have caught it.”

‘Ujda Chaman’ is slated to release on 7th November, whilst ‘Bala’ will be out in cinemas on the 8th November, though originally it was planned to release much later.

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