Mathematician’s kin claims family hasn’t granted rights to his life story to anyone; producers of Prakash Jha’s film say they have documents proving the same and are going ahead with the biopic
Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 11, 2018)

National Award winner Prakash Jha had recently announced (July 27) that he would be making a film on Bihar’s mathematician Dr Vashishtha Narayan Singh. The biopic was to be produced by Vinay Sinha and Priti Sinha. Now, in a surprising development, the mathematician’s brother, Ayodhya Prasad Singh, has denied giving the rights to any third party.

His statement reads, “I, Ayodhya Prasad Singh, clarify that Mr Vashishtha Narayan Singh is of unsound mind and as per law, a legal manager is required to deal with his person and property and there is no legally appointed manager yet. My brother Mr Harishchandra Narayan has applied to the court to appoint him as guardian/manager of Mr Vashishtha Narayan Singh, final order on the same is pending.”

He goes on to further inform that till there is no legally appointed guardian/ manager, no one in the family has the authority to grant any rights with respect to Vashishtha Narayan Singh’s life/person or property. “I further clarify that no member from Mr Vashishtha Narayan Singhh’s family has granted any rights with respect to Mr Vashishtha Narayan Singh’s biopic to Reel Life Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. or Priti Sinha, and the matter is sub-judiced. We will follow the court orders and issue further statement in this regard.” According to the family’s claims Dr. Singh has been suffering from schizophrenia since the last decade.

The Sinhas however insist that they are going ahead with the film on the basis of the exclusive rights which were granted to them through an agreement dated April 24, 2015. Their statement further states, “Further, vide injunction order dated 16.4.2018, the Civil Court, Patna, has passed an injunction order in our favour thereby restraining the family members of Shri Vashishtha Narayan Singh to give the biopic rights to any third party/s. Prakash Jha has confirmed to direct the film and cast and credits are being finalised.”