Mausam in legal tangle
Pankaj Kapur's directorial debut Mausam has been one of the most anticipated films of the year.
The film starring his son Shahid Kapoor along with Sonam Kapoor is the latest film to fall prey to legal hassles. Former colleague and a friend of Pankaj, Nawman Malik is claiming that the title Mausam is registered under his name and Nawman has also filed a complaint with the Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers. Malik is also claiming that the story of Mausam is also his.
In his complaint, Malik has alleged that he had narrated his story to Pankaj Kapur a few years ago at the actor's Versova office. After listening to the story for four hours, Kapur expressed his interest in making the film. Malik further alleges that so impressed was Pankaj with the script that he wanted to cast his son Shahid in the film. But after some time when Malik inquired about the film, Pankaj said that Shahid was not in the country and they will resume talks when Shahid returns. However, the meeting with Shahid never materialized and they all forgot about it until the day Pankaj announced his project, which sounded awfully a lot like his own, claimed Malik.
Now Mallik has moved the Mumbai High Court and is asking for an injunction against producer Sheetal Talwar and director Pankaj Kapur for using the title 'Mausam'. He has demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore for the title and has even submitted a digital film called Mausam, which he claims he made.
Nawman Malik is a small time producer-actor. He is the producer of Mimoh Chakraborty's debut film Jimmy and has acted in films like Tridev and Vishkanya. Malik had served as an assistant to Pankaj Kapur when the latter directed the television serial Neem Ka Ped in the 1980s for Doordarshan; he had even acted alongside Pankaj Kapur in that show.