Apart from films, Bollywood has its own set of controversies and scandals. Whether it’s the stars personal lives under the radar, or some flak that a particular film has been receiving, Bollywood fans and celebrities seem to have seen it all. Likewise, an upcoming film Bala starring ace performer Ayushmann Khurrana has come under the spotlight for being eerily similar to yet another film releasing around the same time. Starring Sunny Singh of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety fame, Udja Chaman, much like Bala, is a story of a man who’s suffering from premature balding. Now, the makers of Bala, have pushed the release date of their film ahead so that it hits cinema halls across the country before Udja Chaman.
Director Udja Chaman, Abhishek Pathak, slammed this decision by Bala’s makers and called the last minute change, “unethical”. He added that he was also considering legal action against Bala’s director, Dinesh Vijan. Abhishek told Mid-Day, “It is unethical on Dinesh’s part to advance the release so that the film can release a day before our offering. Are they scared of my film when they have a big star like Ayushmann Khurrana? While I think they have an upper hand, it appears that they feel they are on shaky ground and hence, are resorting to such things.” He added that when they heard about Bala, they sent a notice to Maddock Films who confirmed that their film was different. “They assured us that their film is different, and I took their word for it. But we can all see that there is a blatant resemblance in the lead characters. We may take legal recourse.”
Maddock Films, on the other hand, issued a statement defending their film. The statement read, “Bala has been in the works for several months. If there are multiple films which deal with one of the themes, it’s all the more variety for the viewers to choose from, which can never be a bad thing. It’s unfortunate if a fellow filmmaker sees this as anything but a positive for audiences. Maddock stands firmly by the originality of its film, and will back its project all the way, including through legal recourse if need be.” Bala is all set to hit screens on November 7.