The controversy about Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt starrer recent release ‘Dear Zindagi’ being a copy of Canadian comedy-drama TV series, ‘Being Erica’ has taken a new twist as the director Gauri Shinde has dismissed all these copyright infringement claims. In her recent released official statement, she clarified that her script is original and it’s borrowed from her personal life. “I have not seen this series that they refer to,” she said.
Her statement reads, “Dear Zindagi is a deeply personal film. There is only one thing it borrows from and 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. 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 can not 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.”
There were also rumours that the makers of ‘Being Erica’ have sent out a legal notice to Dharma Production for plagiarism violation but the CEO of the Karan Johar’s production house, Apoorva Mehta denied it saying that “It’s not true. We haven’t received anything at all.”