Bollywood filmmakers have time and again been inspired by Hollywood flicks and even best selling novels. But the recent spat between writer Chetan Bhagat and the team of 3 Idiots has led the makers of Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? to ensure that no such controversy is created around the release of their film.
Director Ashwni Dhir, whose Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge is inspired by satirist late Sharad Joshi’s ‘Tum Kab Jaaoge Atithi’, will be give credit to the author in the opening credits itself.
Ashwni confirms, “While penning down my film, I had read Sharadji’s piece and therefore, got a letter of consent from Sharadji’s daughter since the titles are similar. The position of credit has not been specified in the letter of consent. Though, our team is yet to decide on the position of the credit line, I have no problems crediting Sharadji in the beginning. I’m also producing a serial on Sharadji’s works titled ‘Lapataganj: Sharad Joshi Ki Kahaniyon Ka Pata’. Here, I’ve included Sharadji’s name in the title. Giving due credit to an author adds credibility to my projects.”
Well, we certainly appreciate this move by the team of Atithi…. and hope other filmmakers also follow suit.