Kartik Aaryan’s next Indian Captain was recently announced by Ronnie Screwvala and Harman Baweja. Hansal Mehta from Scam 1992 will direct the film. But, even before filming could begin, he’s making headlines for not-so-correct reasons. Producer Subhash Kale accused the creators of plagiarism because he believes the film is too much like his dream project “Operation Yemen.”
In 2015, General VK Singh led the aforementioned operation to evacuate Indian citizens from Yemen during the Yemeni crisis. After the poster is revealed, Subash feels that the creators of Captain India are making the film around the same plot, and does not want to be on the stage of ‘Scam 1992 VS The Big Bull’.
While speaking with Bollywood Hungama, Subhash Kale said: “We have been working since 2016 on this project. Our director’s cousin Sanjay Sankla was the pilot for this mission. Sanjay Sankla has been a renowned editor and has worked on almost 95 films. It took us 9 months to write the script. We even incorporated Mission Mangal (2019) writer Nidhi Singh Dharma. Our pre-production was almost done. I wonder where the idea leaked from. This episode is in the public domain, but we were the first to register with the Writers Association (SWA). “
Then he added, “Captain India waalon ne toh script likhna shuru bhi nahi kiya. They dated Kartik Aaryan. The idea has not leaked from our side because we have signed a confidentiality agreement with all the associates ”.
He was then asked how he could measure the plot with the poster alone, since nowhere is ‘Yemen’ mentioned. Explaining the same, he added: “Yes, but the city of Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, is visible on your poster, just like it is also shown on our poster. And the architecture and the landscape of that city are such that they do not coincide with any other city in the world. In addition, the poster shows a carpet bombing over the city, a plane flying over Sana’a and the title Captain India are clear indications that his film is based on the same incident. “
He then revealed probable names like Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal could be part of his movie ‘Operation Yemen’. He said: “We were just waiting for the actors to sign on the dotted line and get on board. We had also reached out to Ranbir Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur. We spoke to Vicky Kaushal through her father, Sham Kaushal ji. Vicky liked the subject, but her dates were not available. We hope to launch a poster after signing the actors. Akshay ji said he will have a narration after returning from London and then decide if he wants to come on board. He had met Sanjay Sankla. They both have a great relationship, and Sanjay had edited several of his films such as Rowdy Rathore (2012) ”.
“For the role of VK Singh, we spoke with Anil Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Boman Irani. All three were interested in making the movie. We were focusing on Paresh ji as her age is fit for the role. He had told us to submit the script today, and we will. Especially Paresh ji toh haan hi bolenge. If Akshay Ji comes on board, we will film in 2022 as it has no dates. He was interested in their patriotic theme, ”concluded Operation Yemen producer Subash Kale.
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