Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt starrer Panipat: The Great Betrayal is all set to release on this Friday. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the film is based on the third battle of Panipat.
The film has landed in a controversy as popular Marathi novelist Vishwas Patil accused the makers of stealing the story from his historical fiction. The author also filed a lawsuit against the makers in the Bombay High Court.
Current update regarding the controversy is that Vishwas Patil said that if he is proven wrong and the plot is not lifted from his book, he will apologise to the film’s team publicly. He told PTI, “The moment I watched the trailer, I was very sure they (the makers) had stolen the soul of my book, and then there was no other alternative left but to go to the court.”
Patil added, “I have asked them to show me both the script and the movie. If I am wrong and they have not lifted from my plot, then I’ll publicly apologise, else they have to compensate.”
In the trailer, Kriti Sanon’s character Parvati Bai is seeing fighting with a sword. About the same, the author shared that it is lifted from his book.
“No history book has shown her as a woman wielding a sword… she, for the longest time, has been seen as a feeble woman only. I was the first person to give a sword in her hand… I wrote the book in that way… be it the dialogues, plots or subplots. And this is just one of the many examples.”
Vishwas Patil stated that he spent 8 years of his life working on his book and project of Panipat. So he had no option but to take a legal action.