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Vinta accuses Farhan of stealing her Magic

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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Thursday, October 18, 2007

Directors Vinta Nanda and Farhan Akhtar are both making films with the title, Magic. Everybody knows that Vinta has been scripting a film called Magic for the last one year so when someone told her about the other project, she was shocked. Farhan"s announcement came only recently.

Says a source, “Magic will be directed by Abhishek (Gattu) Kapoor who directed Aryan recently. When Abhishek came to Farhan with the script, he said he wanted to produce it.

It"s in the same genre as Dil Chahta Hai and is about four friends who meet up after 10 years."

Won"t give up!

An irritated Vinta says, “I was shocked when I read a media report saying Farhan has announced his film. Specially when I had specifically told them I wouldn"t give it up. I had registered the title Magic a year ago at IMPAA and have been working on the script and cast and now Farhan says he"s producing Magic! The title belongs to me.

A month ago, I got a call from one of his financers who asked me if I would be interested in giving up the title to Farhan and I"d said no."

No means no

When asked why she held on to the title, she says, “I refused as the title Magic is apt for my story — when you hear the title it gives you feeling of enthusiasm, intrigue and relationships — entirely what my film is about. The script is relevant to the title and story. The movie has grown within me and I hold the title very dear to me."

Vinta insists that she wouldn"t give up the title for any amount of money, “A title is extremely important to a filmmaker. I wouldn"t mind if Farhan says he will produce my film but I won"t part with the title."

Working title

Vinta is upset with Farhan for announcing the film with her title. She thunders, “By announcing his title, is Farhan trying to bully me into giving up the title? It would have been better if Farhan had spoken to me directly instead of announcing it."

Farhan Akhtar however denies that his film is called Magic, “Yes, I am acting in a film produced by my company Excel but it is not called Magic. That is only a working title." But Vinta is upset with reports of Farhan"s announcing the title with her permission.

“I sincerely doubt that Vinta is upset. She legally has the title and should not be worried. We have never announced it as our title.

We refer to the script internally as Magic as we have to call it something so everyone in the office knows which film we are talking about. We will officially announce it with its actual title soon," says Farhan before signing off.

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