Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan (2R) poses with actress Pooja Hegde, (R), music director A.R.Rahman (2L) and director Ashutosh Gowariker during the promotion of the new film 'Mohenjo Daro' in Mumbai on July 12, 2016. 
Mohenjo Daro is an Indian epic adventure film which is set in the era of the Indus Valley civilisation and is scheduled for release on August 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE
Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan (2R) poses with actress Pooja Hegde, (R), music director A.R.Rahman (2L) and director Ashutosh Gowariker during the promotion of the new film 'Mohenjo Daro' in Mumbai on July 12, 2016. Mohenjo Daro is an Indian epic adventure film which is set in the era of the Indus Valley civilisation and is scheduled for release on August 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE

Mumbai: Even after a total of Rs 1.5 lakh cost imposed as a fine, Akashaditya Lama, the petitioner who had filed a petition against makers of the Hrithik Roshan starrer‘Mohenjo Daro’, has decided to challenge the decision of the single-bench of Bombay High Court.

Lama, the director of ‘Cigarette ki Tarah (2012) had approached the HC seeking an interim stay on the release of ‘Mohenjo Daro’. He had accused filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker of copyright infringement.

In his petition, Lama had alleged that Gowariker stole the story of his play for Mohenjo Daro, which is slated to release on August 12.

According to Lama, in 2001, when he was new in the city, he had narrated the story to Jaswinder Ballu Saluja, an editor who has worked in some films like ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Swades’. It must be noted that Gowariker made both these films. He claims that when he realized that Gowariker was planning to make a film on the Indus Valley civilization, he sent several mails to Gowariker and sought explanation on the same.

However, only after ‘no response’ from the filmmaker, Lama approached the single-judge bench of Justice Gautam Patel, in July this year. After hearing both the sides, Justice Patel held that Lama had only gone to various forums to harrass the filmmakers.

Accordingly, Justice Patel dismissed Lama’s petition and asked him to pay a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh as a cost to Nana Patekar’s ‘NAAM’ foundation.  However, an aggrieved Lama has approached a division bench of Bombay HC to challenge the order passed by the single-judge bench of Justice Patel. He has sought for an interim-stay on the release of the film.

The matter is expected to come up for hearing on Monday.

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