MUMBAI — British author Barbara Taylor Bradford has been sued for defamation by the writer she claims plagiarized her blockbuster, “A Woman of Substance,” to create a TV miniseries in India called “Karishma — The Miracle of Destiny.”
The $6.2 million mini, the most expensive ever made for the territory, is at the center of an intellectual property dispute between Taylor Bradford and cable channel Sahara Manoranjan (Entertainment).
Veteran Bollywood scribe Sachin Bhoumick, who inked the screenplay for “Karishma,” claims it is based on his own novel, “Aparajita” (Undefeated). On Friday, a Mumbai court issued a summons to British-born, U.S.-based Taylor Bradford and Pammi Somal, a local journalist, on a plea brought by Bhoumick.
Last month India’s Supreme Court imposed an indefinite ban on the series, overturning a ruling by the High Court of the West Bengal state, which allowed the first part of the series to be shown in May.