Marathi filmmaker accuses October makers of plagiarism

Lawrence Kim
April 20, 2018

While Varun Dhawan continues to receive rave reviews for his performance in October, the makers of Marathi film, Aarti - The Unknown Love Story have now accused filmmaker Shoojit Sircar of copying the storyline of October from the 2017 Marathi movie.

Shoojit Sircar's October has earned Rs 30.24 crore in the first week of its release. Sarika has filed a non-cognisable offence against October's makers at the Vile Parle police station in Mumbai. According to her, she had made the film based on her brother's experience, whose girlfriend was in a vegetative state after an accident and he took care of her. Although the film opened to a positive response both by critics as well as audiences, the film has somehow not performed extremely well at the box office. When I watched October, [I realised that] the emotions and characters portrayed are similar. "Only a few things don't match", Sarika Mene, the director of Aarti, was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.

The trailer, and the narration of the story, does feature several similarities with Sircar's October. He wrote, "The filmmakers of October never acquired any rights to the Marathi film and they never contacted Sarika". Sarika is now so depressed that she is nearly suicidal. "She has already spent about 2 lacs in trying to get justice". We are creative people and have full faith in our work and our team, which has given extraordinary films like Piku, Pink etc.

Apparently, October, which is now approaching towards the second weekend at the box office, have to pace up as this weekend's collection will decided the film's lifetime collections ahead of Hollywood's most awaited release of 2018, Avengers: Infinity War. He said, "We'll respond to it officially, post which we'll issue our official statement". "We will look into this and deal with it appropriately".

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