Ever since Shirish Kunder’s short film ‘Kriti’ was released, there have been allegations that the film is a copy of Nepali filmmaker’s Aneel Neupane’s ‘Bob’. Kunder rubbished the allegations and even sent a legal notice to the makers of ‘Bob’ for making “false and defamatory allegations against him”. In the notice, Kunder has asked for a written apology from Neupane. He has also asked Neupane to refrain from making any oral or written comments about the film. ‘Kriti’ features Radhika Apte, Manoj Bajpayee and Neha Sharma in lead roles.
Kunder’s wife Farah Khan has also rubbished the allegations. She was quoted as saying in a report, “It’s really sad. It is after a while that he made a film and people have been liking it. By now, it has got almost three million hits. He decided to seek legal recourse and does not want to say anything more about it. Now, he wants the film to do the talking.”
Farah said that she that her husband had started working on the idea for almost three years. “He was working on the idea when I was shooting for ‘Happy New Year’ (2014). Writing is a long process. He has so many scripts with him. He would keep bouncing off his ideas with Vishal Dadlani (music composer) and me. So, he has been working on the script for the last three years,” she added. When quizzed about the similarities between the two films, Farah said, “‘Kriti’ is a pschyo thriller, and there is almost always a psychiatrist in films of this genre, so you can’t say it was copied from another film. A script goes to a lot of people involved in the project — from the production house, casting agents, costume designer and actors. How is it not possible that someone stole our idea? Planning was going on for a year. The timelines do not match; their film was uploaded in May; ‘Kriti’ was shot in February.”
Farah added, “Nobody knew about their film until recently, but there is a limit to everything. Every time a film releases, someone gets up and alleges plagiarism. Any Tom, Dick and Harry cannot just cry foul and take away someone’s hard work.” Farah said she that they will be heading for a vacation soon. “I am waiting for this to blow over and for ‘Kriti’ to get more hits. Also, my children’s schools are now closed and we will head for a vacation,” she said.