In 2009 filmmaker Boney Kapoor, Sridevi, Prabhudheva and Salman Khan were involved in a copyright infringement case. A local court in Meerut had charged the ‘Wanted’ team with plagiarism. The case was filed by a local writer and director named Birbal Singh Rana, who alleged that Boney Kapoor and his team had stolen his original script and adapted into a film (Wanted). Birbal had given a statement that he had submitted his written work to the production house, but they had rejected it and later used it to make their film. His work was titled ‘Raja Bhai IPS’. After a period of almost seven years, Boney has finally been acquitted of all charges and has won the case against Birbal Singh Rana. Boney also accused Birbal of blackmailing him and demanding an out-of-court settlement for 75 lakhs.
Boney, who was recently attending the Justin Bieber concert with wife Sridevi and daughter Jhanvi, spoke to the media about this verdict. He said that he spearheaded the concept of making Hindi remakes of local films in Bollywood. He further added that he has bought official rights of 16 movies and remade them. He had officially acquired the rights of ‘Pokiri’ the original version of ‘Wanted’. He had got permissions from Prabhudheva, the director and Puri Jagannadh, the producer of the film.
Boney, also said that this case in no way will stand in his way of ever making the sequel to ‘Wanted’. He says whenever he has the script ready, he will take ‘Wanted 2’ on floors and that Salman Khan will be very much a part of it. The ‘Tevar’ film-maker also said that he cannot imagine the sequel to ‘Wanted’ being made without Salman Khan. Boney’s next film ‘Mom’ starring Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna and Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be releasing on 7th July 2017.