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Criminal charges filed against Rakesh Roshan and Sanjay Gupta

Late last year we had reported that model turned actor Sudhanshu Pandey who was contemplating on turning producer with a film titled Farmayish, had alleged that Sanjay Gupta's next with Hrithik Roshan that would be coproduced by Rakesh Roshan had been inspired from his script.


Well matters simmered down a bit, after Roshan released a statement stating that since they had not launched any film there was no question of it being similar. However, now we hear that Sudhanshu has registered criminal charges of fraud and theft against Rakesh Roshan and Sanjay Gupta at the Amboli Police station. Further, Pandey's lawyer Rohini Vakil added that apart from this they would also be filing a civil complaint next week.


While currently the police are recording statements with the investigation underway. Pandey and Siraj Ahmed, the writer who assisted Pandey on the script, recorded their statements. Whereas Gupta and Roshan have been summoned to the police station and record their statements today.


For the uninitiated, in December last year, Sudhanshu Pandey alleged that his script Farmayish was stolen by Rakesh Roshan and Sanjay Gupta and was being used as the script for their film Kabil featuring Hrithik Roshan that is set to roll in February. Further Pandey claimed that after pitching his script to Gupta, they had together approached Balaji Telefilms who had back then agreed to join them as co-producers.


However following his ouster from the production of the said film, Pandey had sent two notices to Gupta and Rakesh Roshan and also filed a complaint with the Indian Film and Television Producers Council (IFTPC), claiming sole and exclusive intellectual property right, including copyright ownership on the script.


However, reacting to the complaint filed by Sudhanshu and the reports of a criminal case being filed against Rakesh Roshan and him, Sanjay Gupta took to twitter saying, "I've woken up today to one of the funniest days of my life. What reporting, what journalism, what ethics... Maashaahallaah."


Further venting his anger Gupta added, "All I want to do is make my films & enjoy my kids. Then why this shit?' I asked my wife. 'Past life karma.' She said. Ab main kya boloon? Job of tabloids is to SENSATIONALISE without verifying. THERE IS NO CRIMINAL CHARGE AGAINST ME NOR RAKESHJI. FILM WRITER'S ASSOCIATION passed judgement against Sudhansu Pandey last month itself but no one was interested in reporting that."

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