Film in plagiarism row hits screens
PRODUCERS of Knock Out released the film on Friday despite an ongoing court battle with US studio Twentieth Century Fox.
The Hindi film, about a man held hostage in a telephone booth by someone on the other end of the phone line, was accused of plagiarising Hollywood hit Phone Booth.
Fatema Nagree of Naik Paranjpe said the date for the next hearing was still to be determined. Early reviews of Knock Out published in India have noted similarities to both Phone Booth and the 2008 Hindi film A Wednesday.
Senior counsel Iqbal Chagla had told the court that Phone Booth was about a man confessing about his extra-marital affair while Knock Out was about corrupt Indian politicians. He said the suit just before the film’s release is“blackmail”.