Bala Vs Ujda Chaman Controversy: Writer Takes Ayushmann Khurrana Starrer to Court
Writer Kamal Kant Chandra has accused the makers of Bala of copying his idea
While the makers of two films on premature balding, Bala and Ujda Chaman battle it out over the right to release first, a little-known writer and assistant director Kamal Kant Chandra has been battling in the court against the Bala team claiming copyright infringement. The economically challenged writer is now on the verge of penury.
Recounting his trauma from the time he took on Maddock Films (producer Bala) and Ayushmann Khurrana (the leading man Bala) Kamal says, “It all started when I approached Ayushmann Khurrana on WhatsApp with the idea of a film on the plight of a prematurely balding man. Ayushmann seemed to like the idea. When he agreed to meet me to discuss doing the film, it was a very big break for a struggling writer and assistant director. We set up a meeting. But when I reached the venue Ayushmann didn’t come. Instead he sent me a message through his business manager that he couldn’t make it and he was not interested in doing such a film. I foolishly left my script for him to see at his convenience.”
The next thing Kamal heard was that Ayushmann was doing a film Bala on premature balding with the producers Maddock Films. Says Kamal, “I was shocked. I had registered my script with the Screen Writers Association in 2016. When I saw the trailer of Bala it contained exact scenes from my script. This is my own story. I had gone prematurely bald and I had difficulty finding a wife for myself. I finally wore a wig and convinced a girl to marry me without informing her about my baldness, hoping that she would accept me the way I am. But after she found out about my baldness she divorced me.”
Kamal says he has been reduced to near-insolvency ever he went to court against the Bala producers. “ I went to court in March 2019. Ever since then I’ve been in and out of courts. I have used up all my savings fighting this case. I’ve no money left. My friends have deserted me. They don’t take my calls because they feel I only call to borrow money. No one in the entertainment industry, not even the writers’ association , came forward to help me. I am completely broke. I respect the judiciary. But what kind of laws permits the powerful to trample on the rights of small artistes like? My dreams of directing a film are shattered. Forget that, no one wants to work with me now. I’ve been ostracised by the entire entertainment industry.”