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No TV screening for 'Hindi Medium'

Court passes injunction against Irrfan-starrer film 'Hindi Medium' after Bengali filmmakers claim copyright infringement, six weeks after release

While Hindi Medium was applauded for its satirical take on the Indian education system, the Irrfan-starrer did not come without its share of trouble. Soon after the launch of the film's trailer, Bengali filmmaker Shiboprosad Mukherjee claimed the movie was lifted from his 2014 drama, Ramdhanu. In the latest development, the makers of Ramdhanu have moved court seeking an injunction against the Saket Chaudhary-directed film. The district judge of Alipore has issued a restraining order against the release of Hindi Medium on any platform, including television.

Shiboprosad Mukherjee
Shiboprosad Mukherjee

Highlighting the reason behind staying mum for so long, Mukherjee, one of the directors of Ramdhanu, tells mid-day, "Our film Posto was releasing at the same time as Hindi Medium, so our primary focus was to ensure a smooth release for our project. We finally watched Hindi Medium three weeks after its release and found striking similarities with Ramdhanu. It is then that we decided to move court."

Ramdhanu narrates the story of a couple going to extreme lengths to get their son admitted to a reputed school. The makers have claimed copyright infringement against Hindi Medium, citing that there has been substantial reproduction in terms of the storyline.

Dinesh Vijan, who has co-produced Hindi Medium, says that he hasn't seen the Bengali film in question. "Going by the plot and summary of the film that I just read, I'm confident of the originality of Hindi Medium," he says, before adding, "I will be happy to go through legal channels to prove this and I hope this furore isn't owing to the success of Hindi Medium."

Producer Bhushan Kumar says, "We haven't received the order from the court. Once we do, we will be challenging it."

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