‘Dear Zindagi’ accused of plagiarism

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Gauri Shinde’s latest box office hit ‘Dear Zindagi’ (2016) has come under the spotlight for allegedly copying a Canadian comedy-drama ‘Being Erica’.

Reported in the Times Of India, Shinde has said the film has not been plagiarised instead it’s a personal story which focuses on many aspects of her life. “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.”

The ‘English Vinglish’ (2012) director also added that she felt deeply disturbed by the number of comments received from people accusing her of plagiarism.  “I 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.”

A source close to the team has revealed that Karan Johar’s production house, Dharma Productions has received a legal notice from the producers of the series for copyright infringement.

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