Not based on Vishwas Patil’s book
Recently, Marathi author Vishwas Patil filed a lawsuit in the Bombay high court against Ashutosh Gowariker’s upcoming film ‘Panipat’.
He has accused the filmmaker, producers Rohit Shelatkar, Sunita Gowariker, and Reliance Entertainment of adapting his 1988 book of the same name into the Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt-starrer without his consent.
Now, Gowariker has reacted on the ongoing matter while giving interviews of Panipat today. The filmmaker denied the accusation saying that he never takes content from novels while making a historical film and his film is purely based on historian and author TS Shejwalkar’s account of Panipat.
"I never follow novels. The only novel I have taken rights of to make it into a film is a fiction novel. And it was Madhu Rye’s Kimball Ravenswood on which I made ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ (2009). So, when I need a novel, I go and take its rights. When I need a historical account, I take rights. Shejwalkar’s book is in public domain, so there are no rights involved. Anyways, it’s a historical account," said Gowariker.
The period drama is based on the third battle of Panipat that took place between the Marathas and the army of Afghan king Abdul Shah Abdali in 1761. Cinestaan
‘Panipat’ at Majestic - Colombo, PVR cinemas - Galle Face, Colombo City Centre, Liberty scope and cinemas across the country. It is a CEL circuit release