PadMan has been surrounded with a controversy after its initial release on February 09, 2018. The film’s actor and producer have been slammed with plagiarism charges by a screenwriter named Ripu Daman Jaiswal.
Ripu Daman Jaiswal posted an status update on facebook explaining his predicament along with pictures proving his claims. He claimed that he had also written a script on the life of Arunachalam Muruganathan and that PadMan has a few scenes from the script written by him.
“Recently, the PADMAN trailer released, and most of the scenes has been taken from the summary I had sent to MR. Ryan stephan. Yes, they even copied my fictional scenes(Check out the Rakshabandan scene. In real life, Arunachalam Muruganantham has no sister.)
I have decided to take this matter to court and fight a battle against the producers of the film.” He wrote on facebook.
He also informed the registration of the screenplay with Screenwriters Association and then sending it to Dharma Productions and Vikram Aditya Motwane. He wrote:
“One and a half years ago, I had written and registered a film based on the works of Arunachalam Muruganantham and Saati biodegradable sanitary pads. Have you heard about them? Yup, Arunachalam Muruganantham is the guy who had made low cost sanitary pads for rural women. I had registered the film on 5th of December 2016 from SCREEN WRITER ASSOCIATION and sent to Ryan Stephan (Karan johar's production -- Creative head) and personally to Vikram Aditya Motwane.
And you know what happened? After ten days on 16th of December 2016, I heard the news that Mrs. Twinkle Khanna revealed that her production is making a film based on his life, starring AKSHAY KUMAR.”
This is yet another instance of a writer being exploited in Bollywood.