Shirish Kunder’s ‘Kriti’ taken off YouTube following copyright claim

Shirish Kunder’s debut short film ‘Kriti’ starring Manoj Bajpai, Radhika Apte and Neha Sharma has been taken down from YouTube following copyright claim. Nepali filmmaker Aneel Neupane claimed that the film was a “frame-by-frame” copy of his short film ‘BOB’ which was released online in May, following which the video sharing took it down on Tuesday, June 28.

A search for ‘Kriti’ on the video sharing platform led to the link with the disclaimer, ‘This video is no longer available due to copyright claim by Aneel Neupane'. The had reportedly been watched over 2.5 million times before it was taken down.

Two days after the 18-minute psychological thriller released on June 22, Aneel in a Facebook post accused Shirish of plagiarism and claimed he "practically stole the plot" of ‘BOB’ and made ‘Kriti’. In response, the ‘Joker’ director has filed a legal notice against Aneel and sought a written apology for laying false and defamatory allegations on him.

Meanwhile, the film has been trending on Twitter with the hastag #KritiSeeksTruth prompting a debate over whether the film is really lifted.

Amidst the Twitter-battle, a user has pointed out that the poster of the ‘Kriti’ also looks remarkably like that of 2015 Japanese film ‘Gekijourei’. The user uploaded posters of both the films juxtaposed and wrote, “Forget film, even poster seem to be copied from Japanese film, well done brother @ShirishKunder, #KritiSeeksTruth.”

Shrish’s wife director-choreographer Farah Khan has come out in support of her husband and said that he had been working on the script of ‘Kriti’ since 2014. A Mid-day report quoted Farah stating that a script goes to a lot of people involved in the film making process and it's quite possible that someone stole their idea.