Nepali filmmaker Aneel Neupane has sent a legal notice to the Indian short film KRITI makers demanding Rs 4 million in compensation.
Neupane had earlier alleged that Indian filmmaker Shirish Kunder’s short film KRITI, that had its YouTube release on June 22, has lifted the concept, story line, characters, presentation of his short film BOB which went public on May 12 on YouTube. The film was privately made shared on video hosting site VIMEO to his friends circle on December of last year.
Recently Neupane organized a press conference in Kathmandu and informed that he has appointed an Indian advocate Amulya Dhingra and they are taking the case against the KRITI makers. Along with the compensation amount, the notice asks the makers of KRITI to be on familiar terms with Neupane as the original author and creator of the original literary, dramatic and artistic works related to BOB.
Earlier, responding to Neupane’s allegations, Kunder’s representatives had sent Neupane an email notice on June 27 demanding him to stop “making wrong, illegal and false accusations” and to pull down his short film from the internet.
Later in a press meeting, Muvizz.com had described that Neupane had backdated his video on Vimeo to con his way to make those plagiarism claims.
“If Mr. Kunder had taken my claims sportingly and said that the two films are completely different, I would’ve respected that. But instead he bashed my claims and went on to call me a ‘marriage video maker’ and an attention seeking cheater. I had to break my silence and take some legal actions,” Neupane said.