‘Film published wrongly and violated terms and conditions’ claims real-life hero behind ‘Panda’ movie
In the courtroom drama shown on Zee 5 on Tuesday, Manoj plays a lawyer who fights a notorious rape case against a cleric in a Jodhpur court and the conviction of the latter.
Incidentally, Solanki was the lawyer who fought the 2013 Asaram Bapu rape case, and the alleged godfather was convicted.
“I have taken the legal challenge on this matter. How can it be claimed that the film is based on real-life events related to me when I did not get an NOC from me, and I did not approve the script? Those who signed an agreement with me sold the rights without informing me,” Solanki told IANS.
He added that the agreement signed with him was for a “biography”.
Contrary to what is portrayed in the latest courtroom drama, as being “inspired” by real-life events, Solanki is saddened by the fact that he has been “tricked”.
Even the Asaram Bapu’s charitable trust, Sant Shri Asaramji Ashram Charitable Trust, sent a legal notice to the makers of the film, claiming that it was “highly objectionable and defamatory”.
Solanki said, “I filed a case in the lower court and notices were sent to the producers and others. Imagine, in June of 2021, they signed an agreement with me and in September, they sold the rights to another party… How could they do that,” Solanki wondered.
He also said that in February 2022, the same party reached out to him through an addendum.
“I didn’t know the rights were sold. Even the party that bought them didn’t tell me,” Solanki told IANS.
He added, “My intellectual property rights have been violated, so notifications have been sent to the producers and the next session is scheduled for May 31.”
Solanki also criticized the way the lawyer was “portrayed” as a hero in the film, saying, “I’m not a hero, I simply carried out my duties as a lawyer. Since the script wasn’t shown to me, I don’t know what fictional or non-fiction they collected, or whether they can do so legally.