Manoj Bajpayee’s Kriti removed from YouTube

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2016 15:41 IST
Manoj Bajpayee and Radhika Apte in short film Kriti.

Shirish Kunder has been accused of copying his latest short film Kriti starring Manoj Bajpayee, Neha Sharma and Radhika Apte from the Nepalese short film Bob. Kriti has now been removed by YouTube.

Kunder on Monday filed a legal notice against Nepali filmmaker Aneel Neupane, who claimed that the Bollywood filmmaker’s short movie Kriti is a copy of his film. Shirish also sought a written apology.

Actors Neha Sharma, Manoj Bajpayee, Kangana Ranaut and filmmaker Shirish Kunder during the world premiere of Kriti in Mumbai on June 22, 2016. (IANS)

Read: Shirish responds to plagiarism claims with legal notice

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. Incidentally, YouTube removed Kriti on Monday itself, triggering Aneel to cherish his victory.

Kunder’s wife Farah Khan is “sad” and has expressed anger over the issue. “Any Tom, Dick and Harry cannot just cry foul and take away someone’s hard work,” Midday quoted Khan as saying. She also said, “Kriti is a psycho thriller, and there is almost always a psychiatrist in films of this genre, so you can’t say it was copied from another movie”.

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.

Watch Bob, the film Shirish is said to have copied frame by frame

(With IANS inputs)

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