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Punjabi Film '47 to 84' lands in controversy over story ownership before release
The Punjabi Film titled '47 to 84' produced by Shemaroo Films Pvt. Ltd. and directed by Rajeev Sharma with music by R. Sheen and written by Lally Gill, has landed into controversy over story ownership before its release all over on 30th May, 2014 as the original writer of story “Santalis to Chaurisi Tak” - Amrik Singh Sherkhan - has claimed that his story has been stolen from his maiden book titled “Sheesha, Agg Te Sitar” published during 2007.

Amrik Singh Sherkhan stated all this before the media persons in a press conference organized at Press Club, Ferozepur.

Condemning the intentions of the film makers, he recalled that about a month back he got a call on his mobile asking about my status in writing field and interest in acting etc. The caller further asked him his address to contact him shortly but refused to disclose his identity.

Talking about the story, he explained that his family too has migrated from Pakistan and he has heard number of stories from his olders’ who had also seen the 1984 riots and he got the concept to pen down the story with title “Santalis to Chaurisi Tak”.

He further stated that his book titled - “ Sheesha, Agg Te Sitar” was released two times in May 2007, by M.L.Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh and Prof. Gurbhajan Gill and Atamjit Gill short story writer at Punjabi Bhawan Ludhiana, which contains the story under reference at Sr.No.12 on the first page of details total 14 stories published by Balraj Sahni Yadgari Parkashan, Bathinda by retaining the copy rights.

Amrik Singh Sherkhan has five books to his credit - Bol Vigran De, Chirion Baz Banaye, Sewak Ko Sewa Bahai, Satya Mey Vijayate translated work of Aamir Khan TV programme in Punjabi and Sheesha, Agg Te Sitar which contains the story 47 to 84 Tak. A review of the book which includes the story was also published in newspaper Ajit by K.L.Garg, a satirist.

With a very heavy heart, Amrik Singh Sherkhan said, the story which was written about seven years back, speaks about the anguish, agony and torment of both the times of 1947 and 1984.

On asking about further course of action, Sherkhan said with confidence that it is a cheating with the writers, the producer should publicly tender apology for stealing the story and presenting under the name of Lally Gill apart from giving him compensation out of the income on screening of the film well before its release. Otherwise, he will not hesitate with the option left with him, to knock the doors of law for filing a criminal case.

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