Almost two months after writer Jyoti Kapoor secured an interim stay on Kunal Kohli's upcoming film 'Phir Se' over plagiarism charges, the Bombay High Court has green-lighted its release.
Kunal Kohli and Jyoti Kapoor
Kunal's lawyer, Raveena Rajpal, says, "We are waiting for a copy of the verdict. The court did not find any evidence of it being a case of copyright infringement."
The relieved filmmaker is positive that the controversy will not affect his film's prospects. "I met Jyoti only once and unfortunately it led to all this. I am not in favour of fighting with people of the same industry. It is demoralising when your film is surrounded by controversy. We had to push forward our release due to this issue, but are now working out a date," he adds.
Jyoti, on the other hand, wants to continue her fight "for justice. "Court battles are like marathons and I haven't given up yet. It's not over until it's over."
She says her manager had e-mailed her 90-page bound script to Kunal after which he wanted to buy it. "However, the negotiations did not work out and the next thing I know is the striking similarity in the script I submitted and the film he announced," she adds.
Will the court decision will affect another project being made with her script? "That's a call that my producers will have to take. I am in consultation with my lawyers and we are exploring legal options. The Supreme Court is always there (as the ultimate resort)," she asserts.