Court boots Bradford suit

Author to pay $3,200 for every week of 'Karishma's' delay

NEW DELHI — India’s most expensive miniseries will be back on the air after an Indian appeals court Monday rejected a plagiarism suit by U.S.-based British author Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Bradford alleged the $6.2 million mini, “Karishma — A Miracle of Destiny,” was based on her 1977 novel “A Woman of Substance,” about a simple girl who goes on to set up a major business empire.

“The plaintiff cannot have a monopoly on a woman making it from rags to riches,” said A.N. Roy, one of two judges on the appeals bench of the Kolkata High Court.

“Karishma” began airing in early May but was taken off after the first episode, when Bradford won a stay from India’s Supreme Court.

On June 30, the Kolkata High Court gave the go-ahead for the serial’s screening. But the appeal court ruled subsequently that the serial, produced by Sahara Media Entertainment, could not continue until the court had decided on Bradford’s petition.

The judges ordered the author to pay Sahara $3,200 for every week of delay in the telecast since May 12, as well as other costs.

The case has drawn global attention, as it marked a rare attempt to take action over plagiarism against India’s massive entertainment industry, which routinely steals storylines from Hollywood and English-language literature.

(Shilpa Bharatan Iyer contributed to this report).

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