Here comes a sigh of relief for the producers of Shweta Tiwari and Varun Badola starrer Mere Dad Ki Dulhan. Recently, Punjabi film producer Preeti Sapru had filed a case against the TV show producers, claiming her upcoming Punjabi film Teri Meri Gal Ban Gayi has a similar concept. But now, the judgment has finally come in favour of Tony and Deeya Singh.
Talking to SpotboyE.com exclusively, producer Deeya Singh said, "Ironically, it was yesterday on the day of telecast that the matter has been finally resolved in the high court. The case was completely based on assumptions. The two important points that were raised inside stated that there is no copyright for the concept. Anybody can have a similar concept in mind like a father-daughter story or a daughter wanting her father to marry. How can a serial of two episodes be compared with a film of two hours? There is no comparison at all. I am really happy with the decision as it was absolutely fair".
Deeya also shares the whole case was odd for them and they found it quite unnecessary. She adds, "It was a terrible experience to deal as we don't even encourage one line of stories from outside. In fact, we don't believe in repeating our own shows. We are the ones who are always trying to create something new on TV. For example, we have done shows like Banegi Apni Baat, Just Mohabbat, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi, Left Right Left, Parvarish, Chhoti Bahu, Kaala Teeka and none of our show is repeated. So when people accuse us of copying somebody's concept, it’s damn unfortunate. What we went through was very unfair.”
For all those who have come in late, Preeti had claimed to have registered the concept with IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association) in 2017 and The Screenwriters Association in 2017. Before filing the lawsuit, she raised the issue with IMPPA, but the makers of the show did not come up with any clarification and therefore, they had to go to court for infringement of copyright.
At that time, Deeya Singh had told Bombay Times, "We had narrated the show to the channel in 2017, and we have mails to prove it. We had thought of the idea and shared it as well before Preeti registered it. Also, there is a common misconception that copyright is applicable only after registration, whereas merely creating the work is enough for that. We don’t know Preeti at all. We have a letter from SWA saying that we were going to reply, but before we could respond, Preeti went to court.”
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