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Hearing on skater movie

A promising roller skater of Ranchi has sought injunction on the Friday release of Amol Gupte’s Hawaa Hawaai on the ground that the noted director portrayed his life in the movie without seeking his consent.

Rajesh Kumar Ram (16), who has won many medals at national and international competitions, filed a complaint at the local court of sub-judge K.P. Yadav on Tuesday.

The court heard the plea on Thursday, but reserved the order.

“We had sent legal notices to Gupte and the film’s distributor, Fox Star Studios. But they did not reply after which we approached the court. Hawaa Hawaai is a blunt adaptation of Rajesh’s life,” said lawyer Samavesh Bhanjdeo, who is arguing the case in favour of Rajesh, after the hearing.

He added that they were expecting the court to pronounce its order on Friday.

Hawaa Hawaai, starring Gupte’s 13-year-old son Partho, who had won the National Award for his stellar act in Stanley Ka Dabba, is based on the life a poor boy, who has passion for roller skating but cannot pursue the sport till a coach (played by Saqib Saleem) notices him and takes him under his wings.

Rajesh, in his complaint, has alleged that Gupte whom he had met in Pune in May 2013 showed his life in the movie. He further claimed that the maker of gems like Taare Zameen Par and Stanley Ka Dabba even made a courtesy reference to him in the film.

“In 2013, my coach and I had gone to take part in a skating championship in Pune. I received certificate from Gupte. Later, Gupte met me and my coach and enquired about my life, taking down small details about me,” Rajesh said.

His coach Sumit supported him.

Both argued that in the film, protagonist Arjun aka Raju runs his family by selling tea. He loves skating and is spotted by his coach while hanging around a roller skating training centre.

In real life, Rajesh too used to sell tea to support his widowed mother. His coach first saw him loitering on the premises of St Xavier’s School, Doranda, where he used to train children, in 2010.

“He was a regular visitor to the grounds. Rajesh was a student of St Xavier’s Outreach School for the poor. When I came to know about his interest in the sport, I decided to coach him,” Sumit said.

Rajesh, who won three bronze medals in the 2012 Checker’s Cup Inline International Skating Championship in China, is now a student of Sapphire International School and is awaiting his Class 10 board results.