Original scriptwriter's kin files complaint against 'Hero' makers

Aug 17, 2015, 08:28 IST | Gaurav Dubey

Family members of original 'Hero' scriptwriter files complaint against Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai for allegedly reneging on their promise for 'legit payment'

Family members of late Ram Kelkar, who penned the screenplay for 'Hero' (1983), have filed a complaint with two film associations against Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai for allegedly not paying royalty even as they ready the remake for release. 

Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi
Athiya Shetty (left) and Sooraj Pancholi  who star in the film. Pic/Nimesh Dave 

Says a source, "Kelkar's family was assured a royalty payment when Salman and Ghai announced Hero's remake. The upcoming film's promo has long been released, but the promised dues have not reached them yet."

A friend of the Kelkars, reveals on the condition of anonymity that a complaint has been registered with the Film Writers' Association and Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association against Ghai's Mukta Arts and Salman Khan Productions for going back on their promise. "We have also asked them to give credit to Ram Kelkar as the original screenplay writer," says the friend.

Subhash Ghai

Ghai and Amar Butala from Salman Khan Productions chose not to comment on the issue. Documents related to the complaint are in mid-day's possession.

The remake, which stars newcomers Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty, is slated to hit the theatres next month.

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