The hype about Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film Padman has taken over Bollywood with all the big stars taking part in the ‘Padman Challenge,’ and showing their support for the film.
Recent news however reports that a police complaint has been filed against the makers of the film. A young writer named Ripu Daman Jaiswal has filed an FIR against Akshay Kumar, claiming that PadMan is a copy of his draft that he previously sent to Dharma Productions. The writer complains that while the story is based on real life events, there are specific scenes that he wrote which he has seen in the trailers.
In December 2017, Jaiswal posted this claim on his Facebook with screenshots of his emails sent to Dharma Productions. The writer then filed a complaint at a local police station in January, as he did not have the funds to hire a lawyer and file a case in court.
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“The senior police inspector told me that they will do an investigation and will revert back to me via phone call. I am still waiting for that call,” Jaiswal claimed in a conversation with Express Tribune.
PadMan is the story of Arunachalum Murugunatham, who invented low-cost sanitary napkins and was awarded the Padma Shri in India for his work. The film is being produced by Twinkle Khanna’s Grazing Goat Pictures and stars Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, and Sonam Kapoor in main roles. Padman will release on February 9.