The makers of Heartbreakers have filed a case against the Jodi Breakers producers in the Bombay High Court for infringement of copyright and asked for Rs 50 crore as compensation, reports Mid Day. The film, which stars Bipasha Basu and R Madhavan for the first time together, is alleged to be inspired from the French film which starred Romain Duris and Venessa Paradis in the lead.
Universal Pictures International France and Ors (co-producer of Heartbreakers) have accused Jodi Breakers producer of plagiarism. "A lot of A-lister Bollywood producers including Karan Johar were interested to buy the rights of the French film. The negotiations were on. The producers were then aghast to see the promos of Jodi Breakers, the plot of which is strikingly similar to their film. It's a huge loss for them and they decided to take serious action against the Bollywood producers for plagiarism," a source told the tabloid.
"The French producers have filed the case against five people- the producer, Prasar Visions Pvt Ltd, director Ashwini Chaudhary, the writer, the processing lab and Dariwala who claimed that the producers stole her idea. The first hearing took place on February 10 and today is the second hearing," the tabloid quoted the source as saying. Xerxes Ranina, the founding partner, told the tabloid: "The matter is subjudice. I won't be able to comment on the specifics of the case other than the fact that the case has been filed in the Bombay High Court."