Shirish Kunder files case against ‘BOB’ maker for false claims about ‘Kriti’

Film editor-turned-director Shirish Kunder has filed a legal notice against Nepali filmmaker Aneel Neupane who claimed that the former’s debut short film ‘Kriti’ was copied from the latter’s ‘BOB’. He has sought a written apology from the Nepali filmmaker for laying false and defamatory allegations on him.

‘Kriti’, a psychological thriller starring Radhika Apte, Manoj Bajpai and Neha Sharma released last week and was appreciated by many, including celebrities like Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar, Riteish Deshmukh and Abhishek Bachchan among others.

Soon after, Aneel Neupane accused Shirish of plagiarism and said that ‘Kriti’ was a “frame-by-frame copy” him his film ‘BOB’ which was released online in May this year. In a Facebook post, Aneel claimed that Shrish "practically stole the plot" of his movie and made ‘Kriti’.

However, the makers of ‘Kriti’ have denied the charges and said that though the film released recently, the concept was discussed with the cast and crew a year ago. They were given the script and their dates locked 6 months prior to the shoot which happened in February 2016. Even the launch event of the film was planned three months in advance, a popular website stated quoting sources.

The legal notice served through the ‘Joker’ director’s lawyer stated that Sirish could "not have obtained a copy" of ‘BOB’. It rather said that since the script of ‘Kriti’ was available with a few people, it is "entirely possible" that Aneel came across it and then put ‘BOB’ together.

“Assuming your position is correct that the two films are so similar, then it is you who has infringed our client's copyright," the notice read. Shirish has also demanded that Aneel tenders an "unconditional written apology", refrains from making any oral or written comments on ‘Kriti’ and takes down ‘BOB’ from the internet immediately and refrain from publishing the same or any part thereof on any other medium.