Varun Dhawan who was enjoying the success of his movie October is now being followed by a new controversy. Apparently, October which buzzed the whole industry is a copy of a Marathi movie.
Marathi Filmmaker Sarika Mene states that the movie has taken pivotal characters and plot points from her 2017 Marathi hit Aarti - The Untold Lovestory. According to reports by various entertainment portals, Sarika has filed a non-cognisable criminal complaint against October's makers. She filed the complaint at the Vile Parle Police Station in Mumbai.
She has also filed complaints with the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal, which represents Marathi filmmakers, and the trade bodies Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association and Screen Writers Association. This news first broke the internet when Filmmaker and editor Hemal Trivedi took to Facebook saying,
"Shoojit Sircar’s October is a copy of a Marathi film – Aarti -- the unknown Love Story"
Writing a long post, he said that the Marathi movie was based on a true story of Sarika's brother. Further, in the post he wrote
"The filmmakers of October never acquired any rights to the Marathi film and they never contacted Sarika (the director). Sarika is now so depressed that she is almost suicidal."
The filmmaker also said that he had acquired 40% rights to the movie. Hemal claimed that they were making a Hindi Version of the movie but, October came out as they were in the midst of the filmmaking process.
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Written by Juhi Chaturvedi, October was directed by Shoojit Sircar
. It starred Varun Dhawan as Dan whose whole life turns upside down as he starts taking care of his colleague Shiuli played by Banita Sandhu
after she is hospitalized. The movie released on April 13th and has made more than 30 crores at the box office.