Kartik Aaryan starrer Captain India has made quite a buzz amongst the actor's fans and they are excited to see him star in different genres. Helmed by National Award laureate, filmmaker Hansal Mehta, and produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Harman Baweja, this inspiring action-drama will see Kartik stepping into the shoes of a pilot who showed exemplary bravery and courage in the hour of need.
Now, this Kartik Aaryan starrer has made it to the headlines for all the wrong reasons as Operation Yemen producer Subhash Kale has reportedly accused the makers of Captain India of plagiarism. He also claimed that the plot of the film is similar to that of their project, Operation Yemen.
For the uninitiated, ‘Operation Yemen’, is based on the 2015 Operation Raahat when the Indian Armed Forces under General VK Singh evacuated Indian citizens as well as foreign nationals from Yemen during the Yemeni Crisis.
While the poster of Captain India gives no hints on its plot or if it is based on Operation Raahat, Subhash Kale said that the poster has 'clear giveaways that their film is based on the same incident'.
Speaking to Bollywood Hungama about the same, Subhash Kale said, “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.”
The ‘Operation Yemen’ producer further revealed that several showed interest in Operation Yemen, including Akshay Kumar and he had liked the subject. He also shared that Paresh Rawal has even given his nod.
Subhash Kale added, “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 V K 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.”
Calling Hansal Mehta his ‘Friend’, Kale added that he hasn't approached him over the matter. He wondered what will happen by talking as they will 'anyway' bring a stay on Captain India.
Subhash reportedly said that even if the scripts of both films are different, the storyline would be the same and so both the films will be similar. He further said that two similar pictures can't be made adding 'it will then become a repeat of Scam 1992 (2020) and The Big Bull (2021) episode'. Scam 1992 was also directed by Hansal.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Kartik also has Dhamaka lined up for release on an OTT platform and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 with Kiara Advani and Tabu.