Except probably for the not so heartening response to the trailer of Hrithik starrer, ‘Mohenjodaro’ – the film was more or less has been in the news for the right things including the female lead Pooja Hegde. However, recently, the film landed in a legal tussle.
Akashaditya Lama, writer-director of 2012’s ‘Cigarette Ki Tarah,’ had reportedly alleged that Ashutosh Gowariker stole the script of the film from him. According to him, he wrote the ‘Mohenjo Daro’ script in 1995, moved to Mumbai in search of work in the film and television industry in 1997. There, he narrated his screenplays, including that of ‘Mohenjo Daro’ to several film makers, including Ashutosh Gowarikar.
In 2010, when Lama knew that Gowariker was making a film on the Indus Valley civilization, he sent an email to the director, That was not replied to. Lama did not get any response from Gowariker, and hence he approached the Bombay High Court, where he demanded to get the film’s release stayed. The first hearing of the case took place on July 12 and the second hearing in all probability will be on July 26.
‘Mohenjo Daro,’ starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde, is slated for a worldwide release on August 12, 2016.