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Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu starrer October directed by Shoojit Sircar is receiving appreciation from both the audience and the critics. However, Marathi Filmmaker Hemal Trivedi claimed that the film is plagiarised. The film holds similarities with 2017 Marathi Film titled Aarti – The Unknown Love Story, directed by Sarika Mene.

According to a leading tabloid, Hemal Trivedi wrote on a Facebook post,  “The filmmakers of October never acquired any rights to the Marathi film and they never contacted Sarika.”

The tabloid contacted Sarika Mene and she said: “I want the audience to watch both films and be impartial in their opinion. When I watched October, [I realised that] the emotions and characters portrayed are similar. Only a few things don’t match.”

The Marathi film is based on Sarika’s brother Sunny Pawar’s life and his girlfriend Aarti Makwana, who was paralyzed in a car accident and how he stood by her side till her last breath.

Sarika further added, “How can a writer have imagined the exact events that had occurred in my brother’s private life? I want to know where he [Sircar] got his film’s idea from – sometimes he says it’s inspired from his life, sometimes he says a newspaper article [was the starting point].”

The leading daily quoted its source close to the production saying; “The movie comes from a personal space for Shoojit whose mother was in a comatose state in 2004 and he had taken care of her.” Sircar confirmed that he had received a letter from the Screenwriters Association, notifying him of the complaint. He said, “We’ll respond to it officially, postwhich we’ll issue our official statement.”

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