Priyanka Bannerjee directorial short film Devi featuring Kajol, Shruti Hassan, Neha Dhupia, Mukta Barve, Neena Kulkarni, Rama Joshi, Sandhya Mhatre, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Yashaswini Dayama in lead has been slammed for copying the content from another short film. An ex-student has accused the makers of Devi of plagiarising his short film ‘Four’. Also Read - Ajay Devgn-Kajol Love Story: No Flowers, I Love Yous or Gifts, Just a Promise of Staying Together Forever
Four was made in 2018, it has been written, directed and edited by Abhishek Rai and produced by AndaKurry Productions and Marwah Films. Just as in Devi, the idea behind Four rests around a few women who have been raped and killed, who then come together under the same roof in their afterlife. In the end, both the films are similar – in Four an infant who has been brutalised is left at their door and in Devi – a small girl comes to their doorstep. Also Read - Coronavirus Scare: Kajol Shares Her Meme With DDLJ-Sanitizer Twist, Urges Fans to Practice Hygiene
Devi depicts how nine women belonging to different strata of society are brought together by circumstance and end up forming a sisterhood after they share their stories of abuse. Directed by Priyanka Banerjee, the short is produced by Niranjan Iyengar and Ryan Ivan Stephen. Also Read - Kajol Shares Beautiful Pictures of Daughter Nysa, Calls Her 'Happy Pill'
In a Facebook post, Abhishek Rai alleged the movie has “heavy resemblance” with his own short film, which he wrote and directed in 2018. “Here’s something I’d like to bring to everybody’s notice. We at AndaKurry Productions, made a short film when we were in film school, two years back called FOUR that dealt with a premise of rape victims sitting together in a room when a new victim arrives. Yesterday, a film named Devi was uploaded to LargeShortFilms’s YouTube channel that has heavy resemblance and the premise is also of the film we made,” Rai said.
He said it is “ruthless” on the part of Devi makers to claim his work as theirs. “Our film was a student (film) with very little production design, bad audio and stuff, but still it’s a child of our own imagination and it’s ruthless how anyone can just pick up a piece of thought and claim it to be theirs. The film is an intellectual property of Asian Academy of Film and Television. one has contacted him regarding any kind of query. Now, I have not been contacted by large short films or the makers of the film regarding any kind of query,” he claimed.
Have a look at both the films: