Alia Bhatt’s recent release Dear Zindagi which had her opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan received rave reviews. However, soon enough, the film became a victim of a plagiarism rumour owing to its similarities to a show titled Being Erica.
Reportedly, despite a denying statement from filmmaker Gauri Shinde, the makers have received a legal notice from the makers of the ABC studios show Being Erica, the Temple Street Productions. From what we hear, Dharma Productions and also Gauri, who is the co-producer of the film, weren’t aware of the striking resemblance. Now it is being said that the makers are trying to find a solution to sort the matter amicably before it blows out to be a legal controversy. On the other hand, as of now, Dharma Productions have been maintaining that they haven’t received any notice from anyone.
Dear Zindagi deals with a 20s something aspiring cinematographer played by Alia Bhatt and her journey as she tries to deal with her professional and personal commitments. Her mistakes and her regrets eventually leads to a breakdown of sorts that results in her contacting a therapist played by Shah Rukh Khan. On the other hand, the Canadian dramedy Being Erica has the protagonist contacting a therapist in order to deal with regrets in her past and she realizes that her therapist has the ability to send her back in time and change things.
Despite the fact that Dear Zindagi doesn’t talk about time travel, there were many rumours about Gauri Shinde’s directorial being inspired by the ABC studios show. However, soon enough Gauri rubbished it saying that she has never heard of the show, neither has she watched it.
She gave a press statement saying, “Dear Zindagi is a deeply personal film. There is only one thing it borrows from. That’s my life…. there are a million films and serials with therapists like there are with doctors. Just because there is a doctor in a film does not mean it borrows from another film with a doctor. Am deeply disturbed by irresponsible comments from people who have no clue what it is that they are referring to. I have not seen this series that they refer to.. and I cannot comment on what is in it. In today’s world where everybody sees everything, I am not so dumb that I believe I can get away by deliberate plagiarism nor am I so insensitive to borrow without giving credit from anybody who has created anything for such a sensitive and important cause.”