IP squabble over ‘Jail’
By Tania Sarcar
Tanwar also says that when he worked for Dilip Shukla, who is one of the writers of the film, previously as an assiatant writer, Shukla had picked up the story to be made into a film in 2003. After Jail was released in 2009, Tanwar noted the similarities of the film’s story to his story and filed a complaint with the Film Writer’s Association. (FWA)
On receiving the complaint, the DSC, set up an enquiry. Madhur Bhandarkar claimed that his film is inspired from Hollywood movies like Midnight Express and Shawshank Redemption. Shukla told the DSC that he did not remember whether he was given the script of Gunahon ka Devta or not. It was also testified by the scriptwriter of the movie, Manoj Tyagi, that he had written the script along with Bhandarkar. The final verdict of the FWA, as per documents obtained by Hindustan Times, says that the film has similarities with Gunahon ka Devta, Midnight Express and Shawshank Redemption.
Tanwar, as is usual in such cases, was accused of doing all these for publicity by the line producer, Vinay Chaukar.