​​Shirish Kunder responds to plagiarism claim by Nepali director

Shirish Kunder filed a legal notice against a Nepali filmmaker, who claimed that the Bollywood filmmaker’s short movie Kriti is a copy of his film. He has also sought a written apology. After Kunder’s Kriti started garnering plaudits on social media, Nepali filmmaker Aneel Neupane accused him of practically stealing the plot of his movie Bob.

Shirish Kunder
Shirish Kunder

In reaction to the allegations, Shirish has sent a legal notice to Neupane through his advocate. The notice states that Kunder made Kriti as a professional film. “Kunder completed shooting the film in February 2016. It then went into post-production and was published on June 22, 2016.”

Neupane alleged that Bob was ready in October 2015 and that he uploaded it on Vimeo as a private video to share it with close friends before releasing it on YouTube on May 12 this year. In response to that, Kunder’s notice reads that he could “not have obtained a copy” of Bob.

Starring Manoj Bajpayee, Neha Sharma and Radhika Apte, the 18-minute film is about a psychotic writer Sapan (Manoj), his creations and his psychiatrist Kalpana (Radhika). Kriti, an 18-minute short film, was released online on June 22. The film is getting rave responses from members of the film fraternity and critics a like. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also appreciated Kunder for it.

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