Kangana Ranaut Has Violated My Rights: Author of Didda's Biography

Kangana Ranaut took to social media to share that she will be starring in Manikarnika Returns: The Legend of Didda.

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Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika Returns: The Legend of Didda lands in trouble.

On Thursday, 14 January, Kangana Ranaut took to social media to share that she will be starring in Manikarnika Returns: The Legend of Didda. Now, the copyright owner of the biography on the warrior queen of Kashmir has accused the actor of 'violating his sole rights'.

Ashish Kaul, author of Didda - Kashmir Ki Yodha Rani, told The Times of India that he has the exclusive copyright to Didda's story and had approached Kangana Ranaut to write a foreword for the Hindi version of the book in September last year. But neither Ranaut nor her manager Rangoli Chandel replied to him, claimed Kaul. Ashish Kaul, however, added that Ranaut might have been 'misguided' to make a movie on the story he shared with her.

Kaul told the publication, "It is hard to believe that a story and a book are being usurped by a well-known actor-turned-social activist. She may claim Didda is a historical figure, which is true except that no other historian in the world apart from Kalhan (who wrote two pages on her) and me, who spent six years researching about her. I am aghast that a person as aware and apparently a nationalist, is belittling her image".

Ashish Kaul added,

"Kangana Ranaut has violated my rights. Going ahead with the film is a violation of the IPR and copyright laws of the country she swears by. I did not expect Kangana to commit this intellectual theft".

Kaul on 16 January sent a legal notice to Kangana. According to media reports, the notice reads: “Our client was further appalled to discover that the nature and treatment of the character of Didda in the proposed film, was identical to the narrative text, the book and the information communicated by our client in his e-mail of 11 September 2020. To add further insult to injury, Kangana Ranaut and Kamal Kumar Jain have since issued public statements alleging that their proposed Film is not based on the book. It is re-iterated that the description of Didda as identified by Kangana Ranaut to promote the film is identical to as set out in the book.”

Kangana Ranaut and producer Kamal Jain have teamed up to bring back the franchise after 2019's Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi.

(With inputs from The Times of India)

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