NEW DELHI — Twentieth Century Fox has sued India’s Zee Telefilms, saying its new series “Time Bomb” ripped off Fox drama “24,” including the conceit of each 60-minute episode telling the story of an hour in real time.
The Press Trust of India news agency said justice B.D. Ahmed of the Delhi high court declined to stay the launch of Zee’s “Time Bomb” — scheduledtonight, but gave Zee the weekend to come up with answering affidavits.
Zeedenied the allegation, saying “Time Bomb’ is an international political thriller about global terror with its epicenter in South Asia. The story revolves around a plot to assassinate a young and dynamic Indian prime minister.
The show “24,” they said, revolves around security agencies’ efforts to protect the U.S. president from an international terrorist attack.
In June 2003, an Indian court threw out a copyright lawsuit brought by British author Barbara Taylor Bradford against the producers of Hindi-language soap opera “Karishma” (Miracle).
U.S.-based Bradford alleged that the show was a straight lift of her novel “A Woman of Substance,” but the judge said the author did not prove her plagiarism claim.
India’s Hindi-language film industryhas often been accused of plagiarizing themes from Hollywood films. Bollywood producers say they are merely “inspired” by Hollywood movies.