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'Kitney Kool...' not so cool, alleges theatre producer

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Gujarati theatre producer Sanjay Goradia is getting quite hot under the collar these days. And what's raising the temperature for him is the Balaji Telefilms produced serial Kitne Kool Hain Hum (KKHH). His allegation is that Balaji Telefilms has used sequences from one of his plays Mrs Manjula Marfatia in KKHH, the comedy running on Zee TV. In fact, he says that he has already sent a legal notice to India's leading TV production house. 

Goradia maintains that the script - reportedly registered with the Film Writers Association - was originally penned by Sanjay Pawar in Marathi and adapted by Aslam Parvez and Nilesh Rupapara in Gujarati for the Gujarati version of the play. He alleges that the two writers - Rupapara and Parvez - are also on the team of writers scripting KKHH.

Rupapara, on his part, refused to get drawn into any heated discussions on the issue, maintaining that it is best for Goradia to have his say. He however differs with Goradia's claims, saying that although he does work on other Balaji soaps, he is not associated in any manner with KKHH. 

Balaji Telefilms vice-president marketing and production, Rajesh Pavithran on the other hand, coolly claims that the company has not yet received any legal notice from Goradia. He is also quick to rule out any copyright violations on their part, but adds that Balaji is ready to take legal recourse and would fight the case out, if needed.

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