Director cum stunt choreographer Ravi Varma, who owns the rights to Kannada film ‘Bell Bottom: Adventures of Detective Divakar’ feels Akshay Kumar‘s film that goes by the same name is inspired by it directly.
Just a few days back, Akshay Kumar used his social media handles to make an announcement about his forthcoming film titled Bell Bottom. In the shared poster, he is suited up in style posing against a vintage car and an airplane flying overhead. He captioned his 1st look with the words,
“Get ready to go back to the ’80s and hop onto a roller-coaster spy ride, #BELLBOTTOM! Releasing on 22nd January 2021. #RanjitTiwari #VashuBhagnani @jackkybhagnani @deepshikhadeshmukh @onlyemmay @madhubhojwani @nikkhiladvani @emmayentertainment @pooja_ent”
As soon as the poster went public, there rose questions for Akshay on his post whether it’s a remake of the Kannada film of the same name or not.
This Kannada film that we are talking about is a 2019 release titled Bell Bottom: Adventures of Detective Divakar and stars Rishab Shetty in the titular role. As per a TOI report, director cum stunt choreographer Ravi Varma, who owns the rights to the film is planning to take legal action against the makers of its Bollywood version.
Ravi Varma told the portal,
“We haven’t sent any legal notice to anyone yet but there should be no similarities between Kannada and Hindi ‘Bell Bottom’. After acquiring the rights of ‘Bell Bottom’, I gave the movie to several production houses in Mumbai. Nikkhil Advani is also one of them. I feel they have taken the concept and the style from Kannada ‘Bell Bottom’ movie.”
“The title and Akshay Kumar’s character in the poster that was released is similar to that of Kannada ‘Bell Bottom’. I have informed the Hindi team about this and they told me Akshay Kumar will discuss the issue with me.”