Operation Yemen producer Subhash Kale has accused the makers of Captain India of plagiarism. Kale has claimed that the plot of Captain India is similar to their project, as per a report by Bollywood Hungama. Captain India is helmed by Hansal Mehta.
Operation Yemen is based on the 2015 Operation Raahat, when the Indian Armed Forces under General VK Singh evacuated Indian citizens as well as foreign nationals from Yemen during the Yemeni Crisis. Even though the poster of Captain India doesn't mention that the film is based on Operation Raahat, Subhash alleged it has 'clear giveaways that their film is based on the same incident'.
"“The idea has not leaked from our side. The city of Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, is visible on their poster, just like how it’s depicted in our poster. Sana'a's architecture and landscape are such that it doesn’t match with any other city in the world. Also, the poster shows carpet-bombing happening over the city, an aeroplane going over Sana'a and the title 'Captain India' are clear giveaways that their film is based on the same incident.”" - Subhash Kale, producer
Subhash also told Bollywood Hungama that Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor and Paresh Rawal had shown interest in his project. "We have spoken to Akshay Kumar and he liked the subject. Even Paresh Rawal had agreed to come on board. Captain India makers are planning to shoot from 2022. We want the film to go on floors around November-December this year. Akshay Kumar has said that he will sit for a narration after returning from London and then take a decision. We also approached Anil Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Boman Irani for the role of VK Singh and all of them had shown interest. We think Rawal is the best option for the character, and if Akshay Kumar says yes we will start shooting".
Subhash Kale claimed that Hansal Mehta hasn't approached him regarding the matter. He said two similar films can't be made as it will then become a repeat of Scam 1992 (2020) and The Big Bull (2021) episode'. Scam 1992 was also directed by Hansal.
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