Jersey plagiarism case: Shahid Kapoor’s film to release on April 22, nod

Shahid Kapoor’s sports drama Jersey has been postponed once again. The film was supposed to hit the theaters on April 14, but a few days before its release, the makers announced that the release has been postponed by a week. Earlier the film was postponed due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and the Omicron threat. This time no one could understand the necessity of this decision. There were rumors that the makers did not want to clash with the Kannada film KGF: Chapter 2. But it is a completely different story. One of the makers of Jersey revealed in his latest interview that the recent delay was due to legal hurdles.

The film’s producer Aman Gill told ETimes that the team was all set to release the film during the upcoming holiday weekend, but they did not want to go ahead and plan the release until the courts give a favorable order. The film’s hearing was to take place on Wednesday, April 13, and they didn’t have time to plan for Thursday’s release. Hence, they decided to postpone the release for a week till April 22. “Today on Wednesday we got a favorable order, paving the way for our release next week,” he added.

A writer Rajneesh Jaiswal had filed a case against the makers claiming that the makers had plagiarized his script titled The Wall. Jaiswal alleged that Jersey had too many similarities with his script, which was registered with the Screenwriters Association in 2007. He claimed that the release of the film would cause him a huge financial loss. The makers of the film, in their argument, said that Jersey is a remake of the 2019 Telugu film also titled Jersey, adding that Rajneesh never objected to that film.

The Hindi version of Jersey is directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri, who also directed the original. Starring Shahid, Mrunal Thakur, and Pankaj Kapur, Jersey is presented by Allu Aravind, and backed by Dil Raju, S Naga Vamsi and Aman Gill.

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