Ayushmann Khurrana’s upcoming comedy film Bala has been surrounded by controversies since the past couple of months. The makers have now been accused of plagiarism by filmmaker Kamal Kant Chandra, who has directed Marksheet, a film on education scams in India featuring Imran Zahid and Mahesh Bhatt, which will be released on 28th November 2019. Kamal has claimed that Bala’s script is based on his “life story” and has asked for a permanent stay on the film as he would like to make his own biopic.
Earlier, in June 2019, Kamal had filed a formal complaint against Ayushmann and the Bala’s makers, under Section 420 (cheating) and 406 (breach of trust) of the IPC, alleging that Ayushmann, Bala’s director Amar Kaushik and producer Dinesh Vijen had stolen the story of a prematurely balding man from his project Wig. Kamal claimed that he had approached Ayushmann for the project in 2017 but the actor had not shown any interest in the project. He claimed to have shared the story with the actor but at that time Ayushmann was not interested in playing a balding man. In December 2018, Kamal read about Ayushmann doing a film based on the same theme. However, following his complaint, Bombay High Court did not issue any restraining order so the makers proceeded with filming and post-production work on Bala.
Kamal approached the Supreme Court in October 2019 and following a hearing on 4th November, the Bombay High Court has been asked to resolve the issue before Bala’s release on 8th November. The film has also been accused of plagiarism by the makers of Sunny Singh’s Ujda Chaman, which is based on the same theme and was released on 31st October 2019. However, the makers of Ujda Chaman have now withdrawn their case, as per Bala's producer Dinesh Vijan.