Malik has alleged that he narrated a story to Pankaj a few years ago. He claimed that the filmmaker showed interest in his story and expressed his desire to make the film with his son Shahid. He went on to claim that Pankaj told him they would discuss the project once Shahid returned to India but announced the project without his knowledge.
Mallik has filed a complaint with the Mumbai High Court against producer Sheetal Talwar and director Pankaj Kapur for using the title Mausam and has demanded a compensation of Rs. 1 crore for it.