"their film is based on the same incident.”
Hansal Mehta’s upcoming film Captain India has come under fire, being accused of plagiarism.
The accusations were made by Subhash Kale, the producer of Operation Yemen. He has alleged that the plots are similar.
Operation Yemen is based on the 2015 Operation Raahat.
It saw the Indian Armed Forces evacuate Indian citizens and foreign nations during the Yemeni crisis under the leadership of General VK Singh.
Despite the poster not mentioning that Captain India is based on Operation Raahat, Subhash claimed that the poster has “clear giveaways that their film is based on the same incident”.
He told Bollywood Hungama:
“The idea has not leaked from our side… the city of Sana’a, the capital of Yemen is visible on their poster, just like how it’s depicted in our poster as well.
“And that city’s architecture and landscape are such that it doesn’t match with any other city in the world.
“Also, the poster shows carpet-bombing happening over the city, an aeroplane going over Sana’a and the title Captain India are clear giveaways that their film is based on the same incident.”
Subhash went on to say that several people showed interest in Operation Yemen, which he says the script has been worked on since 2016.
He continued: “We had spoken to Akshay Kumar and he had liked the subject.
“Paresh Rawal has even given his nod. So we have moved quite ahead and we’ll do the film, come what may.
“Captain India makers plan to shoot in 2022.
“We hope to film from November or December 2021… Akshay ji said he’ll have a narration after returning from London, and then decide whether he wants to come on board.
“For the role of VK Singh, we spoke to Anil Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Boman Irani.
“All three were interested to do the film. We were zeroing on Paresh ji as his age is apt for the part… If Akshay ji comes on board, we’ll shoot in 2022.”
He considers Hansal Mehta a friend but revealed he has not approached him over the matter.
Subhash said he does not know what would happen if he spoke about it.
He explained that even if both scripts are different, the storyline will be the same.
Subhash added that the two films cannot be made, saying “it will then become a repeat of Scam 1992 (2020) and The Big Bull (2021) episode”.
Scam 1992 was also directed by Hansal Mehta.
Kartik Aaryan is set to play the lead role in Captain India.
The action drama is based on India’s successful rescue mission in Yemen.