Filmmaker Suneel Darshan Gets Candid About His FIR Against Google CEO Sundar Pichai: 'Not Trying To Gain Publicity At All'
Suneel Darshan got candid about filing an FIR against Google CEO Sundar Pichai and also clarified that he is not doing it for publicity.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other executives of Google and YouTube have reportedly landed in trouble as filmmaker Suneel Darshan has filed a case against them. As per the recent reports, the filmmaker filed a copyright infringement FIR on January 25, 2022.
However, social media trolls have claimed the FIR to be a publicity stunt, and a lot more. In a recent interaction with BollywoodLife, Suneel Darshan got candid about the same and clarified that he is not doing it for publicity.
When asked if he tried to get the copyright claim on the videos, Darshan said, “Every effort has been made. This case, in particular, relates to a movie that I had released in 2017 (Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha), although I have another case that relates to the movies before that. This movie (Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha) has billions of views. I have been emailing them and there’s a lack of response from their end. Who wants to take on anyone who is so monstrous? I have great respect for the technology they have, but my rights were totally infringed. This is my first step to at least bringing it to their attention. I am very grateful to the legal system.”
The recent FIR comes just when the government of India announced that they will be honouring Sundar Pichai with a Padma Bhushan.
Suneel Darshan is not concerned about social media trolls. “I am not trying to gain publicity at all. I am only trying to put facts on record. I don’t intend anything more than that. As a filmmaker and a copyright owner, I have certain rights and when you mercilessly infringe them, then what should I do? I am a helpless person,” he said.
“As a filmmaker, you invest in a movie and especially a guy like me I don’t come from Bollywood. I am from the Indian film industry. I don’t make movies that are sponsored by corporates. So, for me the whole game is very different; it’s about my livelihood and survival. It has been a huge financial impact on my career and that is the reason I had to approach the legal body,” he added.
When asked if he has spoken to any Bollywood filmmakers and actors about it, he said, “You have to fight your battles on your own. Everyone is too busy in their lives, so I have to fight my battle myself and I have been fighting this battle over a decade.”
Filmmaker Suneel Darshan is popularly known for making movies like Inteqam, Jaanwar, Ek Rishtaa, Andaaz, Barsaat, and more.
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