Udta Punjab faces Plagiarism charges
Udta Punjab is allegedly based on novel High Society
Udta Punjab faces Plagiarism charges :- Months after the release of Udta Punjab, there are plagiarism charges against the film which deals with widespread drug abuse in Punjab, seem to have come as a shock for the producers as well as for the viewers. “I don’t have anything to say. I am completely shocked by the same, haven’t read the book,” Anurag Kashyap told to a leading daily.
A media report has recently pointed out High Society, a 2002 novel written by Ben Elton as a possible inspiration for the film and an article in a news website has nailed it further by detailing the striking similarities between certain characters, plot points, situations and devices which are used in the novel and consequently in the film as well.
The director and writer have done a lot of research: Anurag Kashyap
What changes is the setting and the socio-political context — how it further sheds light on the havoc drugs are also wreaking in Punjab. “I know for a fact that my director and writer went and have also spent a lot of time in Punjab researching the film, and have seen the research. If they were in any which way inspired by a book, which only they know, then they have done a damn good job in the writing of the script. Because the film that I read and I have seen, it seemed very -very rooted in the land,” said Kashyap.
The film’s writer Sudip Sharma, while admitting to have read the book, said he could not remember much of it and have pointed out Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic and an article in Tehelka as his inspirations.
Plagiarism is not a new story to Bollywood. Just few years ago,Anurag Basu’s Barfi had also faced some serious plagiarism charges because of a scene in the movie. However, the director of the film, Abhishek Chaubey of Udta Punjab has not responded to any queries yet.