‘Kriti’ reinstated; Shrish Kunder slaps Rs 5 cr lawsuit on Aneel Neupane

After Shirish Kunder’s debut short film ‘Kriti’ was reinstated online, the makers have now slapped a Rs 5 crore lawsuit against Nepali filmmaker Aneel Neupane for damages.

Two days after the Manoj Bajpayee, Radhika Apte and Neha Sharma starrer psychological thriller released on June 22, Aneel accused Shirish of copying ‘Kriti’ from his short film ‘BOB’ which was released online in May.

In a Facebook post, the Nepali filmmaker claimed that ‘Kriti’ was a “frame-by-frame” copy of ‘BOB’ and that Shrish had stolen the plot ‘BOB’. The ‘Joker’ director responded with a defamation suit against Aneel for the false claims and allegations, following which ‘Kriti’ was taken down from YouTube.

The copyright claims over ‘Kriti’ was put to rest on Friday, July 15 after the makers of ‘BOB’ failed to furnish sufficient evidence to support their claims within the given notice period of 15 days. ‘Kriti’, which was appreciated by several people, included Bollywood celebrities like Karan Johar, Abhishek Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar and others, is once back on the video-sharing platform.

Shrish is elated that truth has finally prevailed. "The other party demanded Rs 25 lakh in compensation for "stealing their script." While many believe that filmmakers will put in any amount of money to end a case, we wanted to do it the right way. I had registered my script with the Film Writers Association in Mumbai and Writers Guild of America three years ago, so I had nothing to fear,” Shrish was quoted as saying in a Mumbai Mirror report.

In view of the overwhelming response to ‘Kriti’, Muvizz.com and Shirish now planning to make it into a full-fledged feature film or a web series in the near future.

Piiyush Singh, co-founder of Muvizz.com stated, “Muvizz.com as platform believes in creativity and understands the struggles that platform like ours face in bringing good cinema to people. One of the major reason for seeking 5 crores in a lawsuit against Mr. Aneel Neupane was to let people with ulterior motives know that there is rule of law, and platform like us and people associated with good cinema are not going to let someone take away the credit for their hard work. Be on the side of truth and it shall always prevail. Being our home production, ‘Kriti’ is very close to our hearts and we are proud that it is restored back by YouTube. The viewer’s support and love have given us the strength to make it even bigger.”