Vishal Bhardwaj on Rangoon's case: Fearless Nadia is just a screen name; can't be fit under copyright law

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Rangoon, which stars Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan, is currently making headlines due to an ongoing case in connection with the movie. Day before yesterday, Roy Wadia's counsels put up their case saying that they have found 19 similarities between Rangoon and Hunterwali

Now, yesterday, it was Vishal Bhardwaj's counsels who presented their counter side before the court. Well, Bhardwaj's counsel, Virendra Saraf, said the Rangoon director used the information available out in open. Vishal Bhardwaj also claimed that Fearless Nadia is just a screen name like Dream Girl for Hema Malini. 

"Character copyright is not sustainable as per Indian Copyright Right Law. So if we consider Fearless Nadia as a character, it can't be a fit case under copyright law anyway," said Saraf to justice KR Shriram in Bombay High Court.

"Nadia was an adopted name by Mary Evans much before Hunterwali (1935) came out. She added 'Fearless' later since she performed stunts on her own," added Saraf. 

"It's not a fictional name like James Bond. Besides, six competitors of Wadia Movietone had used her name to make movies, but Wadias had not objected then," said counsel Ravi Kadam supporting Bhardwaj. 

The case has taken an entire different route as Kadam also said that Fearless Nadia's character was copied from Zorro and Pearl White. He also added that there might be similarities between Rangoon and Hunterwali, but it's not from Wadia's script, which was given to UTV. 

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Booo Vishal. Bollywood needs to stop shameless copying and if they do they better acknowledge it.

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