Sushant Singh Rajput’s upcoming film Rifleman, which was announced a couple of months ago, has found itself in legal troubles. For the uninitiated, the movie is a biopic based on the life of Indian Army soldier Jaswant Singh Rawat, who rose to prominence during the 1962 battle of Nuranang.
Abundantia Entertainment and Pooja Films had collaborated to bring the inspirational life of the soldier on the screen. However, the project is now stuck in a legal matter over the rights to the story of the soldier, due to a conflict in the martyr’s family.
“Jaswant Singh lost his life fighting for the country. Now, one of his family members had given the rights to his biopic to Abundantia Entertainment, headed by producer Vikram Malhotra. They had gone ahead and announced the project with Sushant who was absolutely bowled over by the story. Things were perfectly fine till they found out that another family member had already given the rights to another film team that has already completed their project,” a source revealed.
The source goes on to add, “Titled 72 Hours, the film’s official trailer was launched last year in December. Now they are fighting a case against the makers of Rifleman and that has caused a delay in the proceedings.”
However, if the statement issued by Abundantia Entertainment is to be believed, Rifleman is on track. “Rifleman is on track and progressing well with the writing and development presently underway. Any news that suggests otherwise is entirely baseless and false. All matters of a legal nature are being appropriately dealt with,” said the spokesperson for the production house.