Bala Vs Ujda Chaman: Abhishek Pathak slams Bala makers, may take legal advice

Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Bala’ to clash with Ujda Chaman

‘Ujda Chaman’ director Abhishek Pathak slams director Dinesh Vijan for pre-poning the release date of ‘Bala’ to 7 November 2019.  Both film feature character suffering from pre-mature balding. 

‘Ujda Chaman’ is a film based on the struggles of a young man suffering from pre-mature balding. The Abishek Pathak film stars Sunny Singh and Manvi Gagroo in pivotal roles. Incidentally, Maddock Films’ latest offering ‘Bala’ featuring Ayushmann Khurrana is also based on a very similar theme.

Since the two films seemed ‘quite similar’, director Dinesh Vijan advanced the release date of ‘Bala’ to 7 November 2019. This was done to avoid the damage to Bala which was initially slated for 22 Nov 2019 release.

Unfortunately, the sly move didn’t go down well with Abhishek Pathak who said in a statement that it seems the makers of ‘Bala’ are scared of his film and also they do not have complete faith in their offering. Hence, the hasty decision of preponing the release. He asked whether ‘Bala’ makers are confident even after the presence of a star like Ayusmann Khurrana in their film. 

Read: Bala Trailer Review

‘Ujda Chaman’ is the official remake of 2017 Kannada film ‘Ondu Motteya Kathe’. The release date of the film was announced way before ‘Bala’s. On the other hand team ‘Bala’ has been shifting release dates from 22 November to 15 November to latest 7 November.

Abhishek Pathak is furious with the similarities being spotted in both the films. He believes it’s a clear case of copyrights violation. He’s willing to take a legal recourse to bring justice to cast and crew of ‘Ujda Chaman’. 

On the other hand director, Dinesh Vijan believes that themes like pre-mature balding, dark skin etc are some common topics for cinema now. According to him, if two similar films are being offered to the audience it is only good because they have more options to choose from.

He said that it is quite unfortunate that a fellow filmmaker feels anything but positive about the circumstances. Maddock Films is confident about their stance and would happily back their film with legal recourse if need be. 

It seems that two very interesting films will have to battle it out in court before making it to the theatres. Only time will tell what happens to the fate of these films. Until any court intervention, ‘Ujda Chaman’ and ‘Bala’ will release on 8 November and 7 November respectively.  

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