What is the point of having film associations, asks Pooja Bhatt

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PoojabhuttFilmmaker Pooja Bhatt, who is caught in a title tussle with Vipul Shah over his ‘Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty’, says she is in a situation where “it’s like paying hafta (protection money) and still being beaten up” by film associations.

Earlier this month, the actress-turned-filmmaker had shared how she was not happy with the title of the Akshay Kumar-starrer as she too had released a film titled ‘Holiday’ in 2006.

Now, Pooja may initiate legal action against Shah and his co-producers UTV for the alleged infringement of copyright.

Pooja claims the title belongs to her, but Shah protests that he not only revised the original title, but he also got it approved by the Indian Motion Pictures’ Producers Association (IMPPA).

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 miffed filmmaker.