Just when it seemed like the Bollywood film Raabta, starring Sushant Singh Raput and Kriti Sanon, was headed at top speed toward a legal speedbreaker, the way has suddenly cleared up for the team.
After a short legal battle, the producers of Magadheera, starring Ram Charan and Kajal Aggarwal, announced that they are withdrawing the plagiarism case against the makers of Bollywood film Raabta.
According to reports, this comes after the makers of Raabta spent five hours pointing out multiple differences between the scripts and storylines of the two films.
"We presented our case to the honourable court as to how the films are not similar. In the morning, the makers of Magadheera withdrew their case," Dinesh Vijan, director of Raabta, told IANS.
Lawyers representing the makers of Raabta argued in court on Wednesday that the background of the lead characters, their storyline development, the role of villain, the foreign locations and, most importantly, the finale of the film are completely and materially different from Magadheera.
The lawyers also rejected the claim of the Magadheera producers that an iconic fight sequence and the backstory of the villain from the film had been copied. In a statement issued on behalf of the Raabta team, the lawyers pointed out that no such scene was to be found either in their film or in the trailer.
"Unlike Magadheera, the villainous character was, in fact, an anti-hero and a parallel interest point for the heroine. Even in the back story depicting the past life of characters, the hero of the film actually plays a negative character for most part," the statement also said.
Raabta features Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon, and is now set to release on Friday.