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Is Shoojit Sircar’s October Plagiarized From a Marathi Movie?

Varun Dhawan October
Written by Varsha Pillai

Shoojit Sircar’s October, which released last week to amazing reviews from critics and viewers alike, seems to be in some copyright trouble. The movie, starring Varun Dhawan and newcomer Banita Sandhu, has been accused of copying its storyline from a Marathi movie.

The makers of the Marathi film, Aarti – The Unknown Love Story have accused Shoojit of plagiarism. Hemal Trivedi took to Facebook and posted, “Shoojit Sircar stole Sarika Mene’s acclaimed Marathi film – Aarti – The Unknown Love Story, to make October. Aarti is based on a true story of the film’s director’s own brother — Sunny.”

Mene has filed a police complaint against the makers of October at Vile Parle Station in Mumbai. She has also filed a petition with Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal, Indian Motion Pictures Association and Screen Writers Association.

October revolves around the story of Dan and Shuili, two hotel management interns and how Dan takes care of Shiuli when an accident renders her comatose. The story of Aarti revolves around a similar line, where Sunny nurses his comatose girlfriend Aarti for 4 years till her death.

Rising Sun Pictures, which has co-produced October, has issued the following 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.”
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Varsha Pillai

She’s human. At least that’s what she’ll tell you. Dare you tell her that she has a good sense of humor and be prepared to be the lab rat for all her lame jokes for the rest of your life. Apart from that, she’s got a master’s degree in ‘Being a 4 a.m. friend’ and is currently pursuing her PhD in making instant noodles.

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