The filmmakers of Raabta can breathe easy: the charge of plagiarism against Dinesh Vijan’s reincarnation drama has been dropped. The case was filed by Magadheera producer Allu Arvind in a city civil court in Hyderabad just days before the movie’s release on June 9. Arvind claimed, on the basis of the trailer, that Raabta ripped off his 2009 production Magadheera. Arvind has dropped the complaint after the Raabta filmmakers successfully argued in court that the back stories of its lead characters, played by Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon and Jim Sarbh, as well as the climax are completely different from Magadheera.
According to a press release issued by the movie’s co-producer T-Series, “We have filed the entire script of our film along with a comparative chart showing how the two films are completely different in the their story, treatment and expression, something that the Plaintiff ought to have done in the first place as part of his pleadings to show comparative similarities.”
Raabta’s lawyers also stated in court that Vijan and T-Series had offered to screen the film for Arvind on May 17 itself, but he didn’t respond to the offer. Raabta will now be released on 300 screens in India and overseas territories.