Shirish Kunder's short film KRITI, a psychological thriller, released a few days back. The short film has Manoj Bajpayee playing a psychological patient, Radhika Apte the imaginary psychiatrist and Neha Sharma plays the role of an agoraphobic patient (fear of one's surroundings).
The 18 minute-long movie deals with imaginary circumstances that Manoj goes through and how he kills Neha thinking that she doesn't exist while she does.
KRITI is widely appreciated by the audiences. However success doesn't come free. As soon as the movie went viral, soon the reports of KRITI being plagiarized came in no time.
As per the media reports KRITI, the psychological thriller by Shirish Kunder is copied from an independent filmmaker Nepal-based Aneel Neupane's film BOB.
To give a clear picture about the movie's plagiarism, Aneel took to micro-blogging site and revealed the facts.
Aneel Neupane wrote, “My name is Aneel Neupane and I'm a filmmaker. My team at Jazz Productions and I worked super hard to make our latest release BOB. We gave our blood and sweat to this project. I woke up to find Kriti. Initially, I thought maybe the first few frames, the setting and characters resembled BOB. I thought it was just a co-incidence. I was actually excited to watch a short film starring Mr. Manoj Bajpayee (A great actor whom I admire a lot!) and Neha sharma (whom I've had a HUGE crush on ever since I saw her in the movie Crook). As the movie progressed, I was shocked to find so many similarities.”
He further added, ‘'Now, I have no idea how to go about on this. I'm angry not because Mr. Shirish Kunder practically stole the plot and made it into his film. I'm angry because we didn't even have lunch money while shooting BOB, and a spot boy for Kriti probably made more money than BOB's entire budget. My team and I didn't work our asses off just so some rich dude from India could turn it into this and get away with it. That's just not fair. Now, honestly, I'm clueless as to what I have to do next. If I take the fight to them, I don't think I'm equipped financially or otherwise. It would just be a tiny voice screaming from far away for them. And a lot of people told me that they will just get away with it as they have by ripping off of numerous other films from all over the world.”
But Shirish Kunder also broke his silence. He took his stand and went on to social media to write, “To those comparing #Kriti with some short film released on May 12, 2016:#Kriti was shot in February, 2016. About their claims of a private Vimeo link shared with close friends on October 2015: I'm not even their friend. Let alone close friend. Hope this settles the matter.”
While Shirish and the Nepal-based filmmaker have their respective points to say. However, when we saw both the short films, BOB and KRITI, it does have certain similarities. Nevertheless, both have been dealt in a different manner.
While Shirish and Aneel come to a solution, sit back and enjoy both the movies!