Chhapaak copyright row: Alok Dixit denies any agreement with Rakesh Bharti

Laxmi Agarwal’s former partner claims that Bharti had approached them to make a documentary but no agreement or MoU was signed

By Mayur Lookhar

Laxmi Agarwal (L) with her child and former partner Alok Dixit (r)

Alok Dixit, former partner of acid attack victim and social activist Laxmi Agarwal, has denied any deal between Chhanv Foundation and screenwriter, filmmaker Rakesh Bharti to produce any content on Agarwal.

“The claims of Mr. Rakesh Bharti are baseless and there was no such agreement done ever by Chhanv Foundation as he never did any MOU or agreement with us till date. He approached us saying he was planing a documentary, but he never returned to us with a final plan,” Dixit told BeyondBollywood in an e-mail communication.

The Chhanv Foundation co-founder also questioned the motive behind Bharti’s action.

“I suspect that the intentions of Rakesh Bharti are to gain profits from a noble cause. What a shame, ” added Dixit.

The former journalist has promised to look into the queries raised by us in our e-mail, notably the supposed consent letter on a Chhanv Foundation letter head that Bharti had submitted to the media on 4 January.

The filmmaker has filed two cases against Chhapaak [2020] producers Fox Star Studios, director Meghna Gulzar, Deepika Padukone and five others claiming copyright over the script.

The Bombay High Court will be hearing arguments today, with the Borivali court looking into Bharti’s allegations on 9 January.

Chhapaak is set to be released on 10 January.

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