Bollywood’s Shoojit Sircar’s upcoming biopic on freedom fighter Udham Singh, starring Vicky Kaushal has run into hot water. Punjabi writer and film director Iqbal Dhillon who released Shaheed Udham Singh: Alias Ram Mohammed Singh Azad has issued a public notice over the copyright on the life of Udham Singh?! REALLY!!
In April Shoojit announced the filming of the biopic about Indian freedom fighter Udham Singh. Udham Singh was best known for the assassination of Michael O’Dwyer, the former lieutenant governor of Punjab. The shooting was in retaliation to the Jalianwala Bagh massacre.
In the year 2000, Dhillon had released the hugely successful Shaheed Udham Singh: Alias Ram Mohammed Singh Azad starring Gurdas Mann as Bhagat Singh and Raj Babbar as Udham Singh.
Dhillon has now issued a notice stating, “We, Surjit Movies and Iqbal Singh Dhillon are the producers and the sole, exclusive and absolute owners of copyrights and all other rights and to all the works of the Punjabi and Hindustani film Shaheed Udham Singh: Alias Ram Mohammed Singh Azad.”
Sources close to Iqbal Dhillon say that if Shoojit’s team does not borrow anything from his film, they will be fine. Otherwise they will be chased up in the courts.
An industry insider told Dailyentxpress.com that “Udham Singh was killed in 1940. Hence by 2000, all his life’s work is copyright free. Unless the family of Udham Singh has any issue on the content of the film, one does not foresee too much trouble for Shoojit, Vicky and the team of Udham Singh,”