The Asian Age

“Varun Dhawan-starrer ‘October’ is copied from my movie,” Marathi director claims

In a shocking disclosure, one Marathi director Sarika Mene has alleged that the Bollywood film October has plagiarized central theme and characters from her 2017 venture “Aarti – The Unknown Love Story”. October hit the silver screen on April 13.


In this context, Mene has registered a criminal complaint against the producer of October at the Vile Parle police station in Mumbai. Besides this she has also contacted the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal – an association of Marathi filmmakers, and the trade bodies Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association and Screen Writers Association for the redressal of her grievances.


In the meantime, the ‘October’ director Shoojit Sircar repudiates the allegation, says he is listening first time about the Marathi movie.


Directed by Shoojit Sircar and penned by Juhi Chaturvedi, October portrays Dan (Dhawan) whose life is changed when he starts taking care of his coworker Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) after she is hospitalized.


Similarly, in “Aarti – The Unknown Love Story”, which hit the theatre on August 18, 2017, Sunny (Roshan Vichare), too, looks after his comatose beloved Aarti (Ankita Bhoir) for years until her death.


Talking to a popular news portal –, Sircar said: “We understand that there are some allegations of copyright infringement against our film ‘October’. We are creative people and have full faith in our work and our team, which has given extraordinary films like Piku, Pink etc. We have not heard of the film ‘Aarti’ nor do we have full details of the matter as yet. We are sensitive towards feelings of film makers. We will look into this and deal with it appropriately.”

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