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: