Amidst 'Kriti' plagiarism row and the film being taken off YouTube, Bollywood filmmaker Shirish Kunder has been dragged into yet another controversy!
And this time, Twitterati have alleged that the poster of his short film has been copied too.
Shirish Kunder, known for his wit, took to Twitter to respond to these allegations. Here's what he posted:
Don't you love his humour?
'Kriti', which has courted controversy over allegations of plagiarism by Nepalese filmmaker Aneel Neupane, has been pulled down by YouTube.
YouTube removed the psychological thriller - starring Manoj Bajpayee, Radhika Apte and Neha Sharma - on Tuesday stating, "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Aneel Neupane." (Read more)
Here's the screenshot:
Meanwhile, the producers of 'Kriti' have released their official statement on the controversy.
Here's the entire statement:
"We have initiated legal proceedings and will also be filing a defamation suit. But before anything else, let's look at the facts:
1. We have asked the director of Bob to substantiate his allegations with facts. Not only has he failed to do that but has so far chosen to not even reply to our legal communication.
2. Bob was initially released online with a private key to the director's personal friends, none of whom are known to anyone at our end. If otherwise, we would like to know who amongst those with access shared the private key and more importantly to whom was it shared with.
3. Kriti was shot in Feb 2016 (we have extensive proof of the same), Bob was published on YouTube in May 2016, so the idea that Kriti was copied purely because it was released a month later on YouTube is ridiculous.
4. A takedown on YouTube is not a proof of wrongdoing but only that the matter is being investigated.
Clearly, the above facts belie such frivolous allegations and only serve to further enhance the popularity and viewership of ‘Kriti’. We repose full faith and conviction in our fans that they will not be deluded by these petty self-serving diversionary tactics and support us in our endeavour to make ‘Kriti’ an even bigger success."
'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.