Independent filmmaker Hemal Trivedi has, in a Facebook post, claimed that claimed Varun Dhawan and Shoojit Sircar’s recent release ‘October ‘was plagiarised from the 2017 Marathi film, ‘Aarti – The Unknown Love Story,’ which is directed by Sarika Mene.
His post read, “The filmmakers of October never acquired any rights to the Marathi film and they never contacted Sarika.” When Mene was contacted, she claimed there were glaring similarities between the two stories. “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.” Based on her brother Sunny Pawar’s real-life story, ‘Aarti’ traces his journey as he stood by his girlfriend Aarti Makwana, who was paralysed in a car accident, till her last breath.