Pooja Bhatt: Being in a film association is like paying hafta

Pooja Bhatt, who is in a tussle with the film-maker Vipul Shah who reportedly ‘stole’ a movie name registered to her, for his upcoming Akshay Kumar film Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, says there is no point of having a film association.

Explaining the matter, Pooja said: “Vipul Shah wrote to me asking for the title Holiday. I said no. He approached the (Film and Television Producers Guild Of India. The Guild rejected his application. He then went to IMPPA and registered the same title with a tagline attached.”

“I want to know, why should I bother to become a member of any of the film associations, pay them for the privilege, register and re-register my titles for a fee and still get copyright-challenged by any producer who wants to take my title? It’s like paying hafta and still being beaten up,” said the pissed off film-maker.

“A producer like Vipul Shah exploits a loophole in a rotten, outdated system where the film associations violate one another’s rules and interests and then pass on the buck,” she added.

When approached, Vipul said “Pooja thinks I’ve used the title when I don’t have it. This isn’t true. I had requested her to give me title Holiday. She did not and I had to go for the title Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty. I’ve gone through the legal process and got it registered. Only then have I used it. Pooja should be taking on IMPPA who gave me the title.”

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