Priyanka Banerjee’s empowering short film Devi that brings 9 women from different walks of life under one roof with the backdrop of pain has already landed in trouble. The film, featuring an ensemble cast including Kajol, Neha Dhupia, Shruti Haasan, Neena Kulkarni, Mukta Barve, Sandhya Mhatre, Rama Joshi, Shivani Raghuvanshi and Yashaswini Dayama, has been accused of plagiarism by a filmmaking student.
Abhishek Rai, a student of Asian Academy of Film and Television in Noida, has alleged that the premise of Devi resembles his five-and-a-half-minute film titled Four.
Devi follows the lives of 9 women from different social backgrounds who live together and form an unusual sisterhood over their shared trauma. The concept seems to be inspired by the student film titled 'Four' where the story is about three rape victims instead of nine.
Abhishek took to Facebook to express his displeasure over the alleged plagiarism. “Here’s something I’d like to bring to everybody’s notice. We at AndaKurry Productions, made a short film when we were in film school, 2 years back called ‘FOUR’ that dealt with a premise of rape victims sitting together in a room when a new victim arrives. And yesterday, a film named ‘Devi’ was uploaded to LargeShortFilms’s YouTube channel that has heavy resemblance and the premise is also of the film we made," he wrote.
The student also said that he is contemplating legal action against the makers.