Indian writer accuses filmmaker Karan Johar and Dharma Productions of stealing an idea, the story of JugJugg Jeeyo – Film & TV

Indian filmmaker Karan Johar’s next film JugJugg Jeeyo made headlines for all the wrong reasons. He was first hit with allegations of plagiarism by singer Abrar Ul Haq who accused the filmmaker of copying his song into the film. Now, a writer has submitted another plagiarism complaint regarding the screenplay and story.

On Monday, Haq took to Twitter and claimed he hadn’t sold his song “Nach Punjaban” to the filmmakers and that “producers like Karan Johar” shouldn’t copy songs. He also threatened to take legal action as T-series, a music label, claimed they had not copied the song and had in fact secured the rights to it through Indian label Movie Box.

Now a new case has surfaced online. Writer Vishal A Singh also took to Twitter and claimed the film’s story was copied from his story he pitched to Dharma Productions, Johar’s company, two years ago in the hope for collaboration.

In a thread, Singh accused Johar and his production house of stealing his story idea for Jugjugg Jeeyo. “Had recorded a story.. Bunny Rani with SWA India in Jan 2020. I had officially sent Dharma Movies in Feb 2020 for an opportunity to co-produce with them. I even got a response from them. And they took my story… and made JugJugg Jeeyo. It’s not just Karan Johar,” he tweeted.

He also attached screenshots of the mail he sent to Somen Mishra, head of creative development at the production house. In a separate tweet, Singh wrote: “Kahaani achchi lage agar.. baat karo.. haath milaao.. saath milke banaao? (If you like the story, talk to me and do it with me?) This is not suitable for any reputable banner or for that matter any production house. Chori–Chakaari (flight). If it can happen to me…it can happen to anyone in the Hindi film industry.

Meanwhile, Mishra responded to Singh’s claims in a tweet and said the affected party should take legal action and stop threatening. on Twitter. “We do not comment on speculation and hearsay. Our legal team has received nothing,” he wrote.

Dharma Productions has not officially responded to Vishal’s or Haq’s claims. Meanwhile, the director and cast are busy promoting the movie itself. The film stars Kiara Advani, Varun Dhawan, Neetu Singh and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles. JugJugg Jeeyo is due out this year on June 24.

Marjorie N. McClure