New Delhi: The dispute over the story of the film ‘Neera Arya’ based on the book ‘Azad Hind Ki Pehli Jasoos’ has reached the court. The authors of the book, Dhama couple, have accused South Indian actress Roopa Iyer of not only plagiarizing the film’s story but also using part of her autobiography without permission in their film, making it a court issue of dispute. Karkardooma Court has summoned South Indian actress Roopa with evidence on January 20 to decide copyright rights.
Actually, writer Tejpal Singh Dhama and his wife Madhu Dhama jointly wrote a book ‘Azad Hind Ki Pehli Jasoos’ on the life of freedom fighter Neera Arya, a soldier of Rani Jhansi Regiment in Azad Hind Fauj. Bandhu Films had taken the filming rights from the Dharma couple to make a film based on this book, on which they are producing the film with a huge star cast.
Meanwhile, South Indian actress Roopa Iyer also announced a film on Neera Arya, which is being shot in Bengal. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s granddaughter Rajshree Bose has also announced her support to Roopa Iyer in this regard and together with her has released the motion poster of the Neera Arya film. Film producer Bandhu Films, who acquired the filming rights on this, has filed a case in the Karkardooma Court on its behalf, accusing Roopa Iyer of stealing the story.
Writer Tejpal Singh Dhama has also filed a separate case against Roopa Iyer. He says that Roopa is also including those moments spent with old Neera Arya in her film, which are part of her autobiography. Actress Roopa has not taken any permission for this. On reaching the court, Rupa Iyer sent caveat notices to the author couple from various 18 courts of Delhi and NCR. Roopa says that she has every right to depict each and every historical event and old age events of Neera Arya in the film, as they are in the public domain.
On the other hand, the Dharma couple says that they have written the first literary book in the world on Neera Arya, in which they have also taken the help of fiction to connect many historical episodes, so only they have the copyright of their creative work. . Author Tejpal Singh Dhama claimed that his book was published in 2003 and before that there is no mention of Neera Arya in any book in the world, so he is the real copyright holder and no one can make a film on Neera Arya without his permission. Because Neera Arya is the main character of his book.
Karkardooma Court Judge Pranat Kumar Joshi had ordered Roopa Iyer, Tejpal Singh Dhama, Madhu Dhama and Vishwa Bandhu to appear in the court to settle the matter on the basis of mutual consent, but Roopa Iyer did not appear in the court. For this reason, Roopa’s lawyer was also exonerated by the court. The date of January 9 was fixed for the hearing, in which Roopa appeared virtually. On this, Judge Tanuja Bose has fixed January 20 as the next date of the physical hearing. On this day the court summoned South Indian actress Roopa with evidence to decide the rights of copyright.