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Bradford ‘Destiny’ denied

Judge Ansari disagrees with author's claim

NEW DELHI — Bestselling British author Barbara Taylor Bradford lost her copyright lawsuit against the producers of a Hindi-lingo soap opera “Karishma — A Miracle of Destiny” on Monday.

An Indian court dismissed her lawsuit, filed in early May, alleging that “Karishma ” was a straight lift of her novel “A Woman of Substance.”

Veteran Bollywood scribe Sachin Bhoumick, who penned the first episodes for “Karishma,” claimed it was based on his own novel and has sued Bradford for defamation.

Judge M.H.S. Ansari of the Calcutta High Court gave the go-ahead for the $6.2 million mini, the most expensive ever made for the territory, to be telecast beginning July 7.

In his ruling, Ansari asked the producers, cable channel Sahara Manoranjan (Entertainment), to furnish a bank guarantee of 2.5 million rupees ($531,914). It was not immediately clear why the bank guarantee was demanded.

Sahara’s counsel, Pinaki Chandra Ghosh, had asked the court to quash the lawsuit, saying his clients had already filmed 48 of 260 planned episodes of the serial, which is expected to be India’s longest-running ever.

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