All is (not) well….

Recently, “3 idiots” have created wave in bollywood grossing around 175 crore INR in it’s first week of release. It’s bumper opening and sort of record in bollywood history. Movie’s earning has definitely brought smile on the faces of producer and director however it has brought bitterness for Chetan Bhagat who claims that from his book “Five Point someone” the script of the movie has been written.

Chetan Bhagat says that he has not been given due credit in the beginning of movie and credit is displayed only in small letters after movie finishes. In last 3-4 days charges have been traded between Chetan Bhagat and production team of movie comprising Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Raju Hirani and (surprisingly) Aamir khan.

This is the story from the production houses. Production house says that they have entered into the contract with Chetan Bhagat and money has already been paid to him to buy rights. At the same time they say that in the agreement nothing has been mentioned about how credit should be given. Script of the movie is vaguely inspired from the book “Five point someone” and script write of the movie has made lot of changes to turn the story into the script. So Chetan Bhagat has no right to make any noise.

This is what Chetan Bhagat has to say. Chetan Bhagat insists that credit should be given to him before movie starts and script writer for the movie has not done anything except portraying his book into the script.

I haven’t seen this movie yet so I can not take any side in this raw. But as an outsider, I feel like the case of Mr. Chetan Bhagat looks weak. He is fabulous writer no doubt about it but he has not taken enough care to protect his intellectual property rights. He should have clarified about his preferred way of describing credit at the time of entering into the contract with production house. Perhaps this will act as learning curve for him. As such it is very difficult to protect IP rights and very difficult to pursue the legal action with success. If your paper work is not in place, you can just make hue n cry and at worst you may face defamation suit. From Chetan Bhagat’s blog post, it is apparent that Chetan tried to settle this issue in private with production  house but they didn’t pay any heed to his request so he has to come into the public.

Now this whole issue has come out in public and now I’m eager to see whether dust settles here or someone pursues the legal course. Chetan has suggested some compromise formula on his blog in post Moving to a solution now. Hope sense prevails.

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