Shoojit Sircar's film October is facing charges of plagiarism. Sarika Mene, a Marathi filmmaker, alleged that both the films are based on the same source material- the life of Sunny Pawar who also happens to be Sarika’s younger brother. Back in 2006 Sunny was much in news for putting everything in his own life on hold to look after his girlfriend Aarti who had slipped into coma after a car accident.
“After seeing the trailer I thought October was 5% like my film but after watching it I found it 90% alike,” says Mene. She filed a criminal complaint against the makers of October at the Vile Parle police station on Monday, April 16. She was told by the cops to take legal recourse instead, considering it was a copyright issue that they don’t handle. She also filed complaints in the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal, IMPAA and Screen Writers’ Association (who have called for a meeting with her on Saturday, April 21). On being contacted on Thursday Sircar confirmed having received a letter [from the makers of Aarti]. “We will surely respond to the letter officially. And post which we will let you know our official statement,” texted Sircar to The Hindu, who first reported the incident.
On Friday the producers of October issued a statement: “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.”
Have you watched ‘Aarti’? Do you think ‘October’ has been copied from that film?