It has garnered glowing reviews, enjoyed positive word-of-mouth, has sustained well at the box-office, and earned its leading man, Varun Dhawan, the best accolades of his career so far. But, all that now seems to be in jeopardy as the makers of Marathi film, Aarti, have alleged that October has plagiarized their film. They’ve claimed that the Shoojit Sircar’s film has stark similarities with the plot of theirs, which was made on a shoestring budget and released last year.
The issue gained limelight after Hemal Trivedi – a documentary filmmakers, who was working in conjunction with Sarika Mahesh Mene, the Director of Aarti, on the Hindi adaptation of the film – wrote about the matter in a lengthy Facebook post:
Sarika has gone ahead and filed a complaint with the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and Screenwriters Association (SWA), citing that October is way too similar to her film, and that she's made none of the allegations without watching October, adding that barring a few cosmetic changes, certain scenes and dialogues evoke glaring similarities with her film, which is based on a real-life incident that happened with her brother.
Following the allegations, the makers of October issued a press statement denying the claims:
“We understand that there are some allegations of copyright infringement against our film October. We are creative people and have full faith in our work and our team, which has given extraordinary films like Piku, Pink etc. We have not heard of the film Aarti nor do we have full details of the matter as yet. We are sensitive towards feelings of film makers. We will look into this and deal with it appropriately.”
Let’s see how this controversy pans out and who ends up on the right side of it.
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