For quite some time, rumors about Kartik Aaryan coming together with Hansal Mehta had been doing the rounds. It was last week that their film, Captain India, was officially announced. While fans are beaming with joy, the makers of a film called Operation Yemen have alleged that the plot of the Kartik Aaryan starrer is plagiarised from their upcoming film.
In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, they have spoken about the matter in detail. Producer Subhas Kale said, “We have been working since 2016 on this project. The cousin of our director Sanjay Sankla was the pilot on this mission. Sanjay Sankla has been a reputed editor and has worked on nearly 95 films. He researched extensively and when he narrated the idea to me, I said that we should work on it as it’s an interesting subject. We took 9 months to pen the script. We even got Mission Mangal (2019) writer Nidhi Singh Dharma on board. Our pre-production was nearly done. I wonder where the idea got leaked from. This episode is in the public domain but we were the first ones to register at the Screenwriters Association (SWA).”
Subhas Kale’s film would be about Operation Raahat, a 2015 operation wherein the Indian Armed Forces under the leadership of General V K Singh evacuated Indian and foreign citizens from Yemen during the Yemeni crisis.. When it was pointed that the makers of Captain India have not gone on record about the plot and it can have a different story, the producer reasoned, “Yes but 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.”
he also added, “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.” We wonder what the makers of Captain India have to say aabout it.