Recently, Punjabi film producer Preeti Sapru had accused the makers of Mere Dad Ki Dulhan (Tony and Deeya Singh) for copying the concept of her film titled Teri Meri Gal Ban Gayi. The case was filed at the Bombay High Court for copyright issues. However, the producer of the show has won the case.
Confirming the same to an online portal, Deeya Singh said that the matter was resolved in court only on the day of telecast. She said, “Ironically, it was yesterday on the day of the telecast that the matter has been finally resolved in the high court. The case was completely based on assumptions. The two important points that were raised inside stated that there is no copyright for the concept. Anybody can have a similar concept in mind like a father-daughter story or a daughter wanting her father to marry. How can a serial of two episodes be compared with a film of two hours? There is no comparison at all. I am really happy with the decision as it was absolutely fair.”
(Tony and Deeya Singh)
She further added, “It was a terrible experience to deal as we don't even encourage one line of stories from outside. In fact, we don't believe in repeating our own shows. We are the ones who are always trying to create something new on TV. For example, we have done shows like Banegi Apni Baat, Just Mohabbat, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi, Left Right Left, Parvarish, Chhoti Bahu, Kaala Teeka and none of our show is repeated. So when people accuse us of copying somebody's concept, it’s damn unfortunate. What we went through was very unfair.”
Lead actress Shweta Tiwari also confirmed that the makers of the show have won the case.
For the unaware, Preeti claimed to have registered the concept with IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association) in 2017 and The Screenwriters Association in 2017. She had raised the issue with IMPPA but there was no action taken which is why she filed a case against Tony and Deeya Singh.