It has been a while now since Bala movie's trailer was released by the makers. However, within few days of its release, Ujda Chaman's trailer also made its screening all over the world. The controversy of both the films dealing with similar social topics is currently floating around the industry. However, according to the latest update on the controversy, it is said that Ujda Chaman would find a solution regarding the copyright at the court.
During a recent interview of Abhishek Pathak with a news daily, the director of Ujda Chaman, said that Ujda Chaman is an official remake of a Kannada movie, Ondu Motteya Kathe. He also claimed that the Ujda Chaman's team had acquired the rights a year back, intending to release the movie within a year, i.e. 2019. Abhishek also said that their release date was fixed from the initial start and it is Bala's team who have preponed their release date. Bala originally was supposed to be released on November 22, but later the filmmakers changed it to November 15 and currently, it is November 7, which is a day before Ujda Chaman's release. Ujda Chaman's director also said that the posters of either of the film are similar and this whole controversy is a copyright issue. The director said that currently, Abhishek Pathak and the team are in discussion with the legal officials about the copyrights and that it would take some time to resolve.
Post Abhishek Pathak's interview, the makers of Bala also stated their side of the controversy. The producer of Bala, Dinesh Vijan, through his production house passed a statement saying, Bala has been in work for several months and was announced worldwide. In an interview with a news daily, he also said that Bala is very close to everyone's heart who is working for the film. It is their meaningful contribution to the conversation on challenging social themes, such as the widespread stigmatisation of baldness and dark skin. Dinesh further added that if there are multiple films dealing with a similar theme, then it provides more variety to the viewers to choose from, which can never be a bad thing. The producer also said that Maddock stands firmly by the originality of Bala, and added that the team will back it up all the way, including through legal recourse if need be.
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