YouTube removes Shirish Kunder’s Kriti, is this Aneel Neupane’s victory?

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YouTube has dealt a major blow to Bollywood director Shirish Kunder as it removed his short film ‘Kriti‘ from the video-sharing website. However, Aneel Neupane’s ‘Bob‘, which Mr Kunder is accused of copying the plot from, is still up and running. This effectively indicates whose side the global video-sharing giant is in.

Mr Neupane informed southasia.com.au yesterday night as soon as it was taken down from the Internet, “Kriti has been removed from youtube!!”

Aneel Neupane
Aneel Neupane

The link that earlier led to the 18 minute long short film by Mr Kunder now says, “This video is no longer available due to copyright claim by Aneel Neupane.”

The move by YouTube comes as a major victory for the 24 year old filmmaker from Kathmandu who struggled to put together mere fifty thousand Nepalese rupees, approximately six hundred Australian dollars or 32,000 Indian rupees, to make his short film Bob. He reckoned a spot boy for the production of Kriti might have earned more than the entire production budget of Bob.

In an interview with southasia.com.au, Mr Neupane earlier recounted how devastated he was to see his creation stolen and developed into someone else’s short film.

Famous choreographer Farah Khan poses with her husband cum Kriti producer during the launch of during producer of Kriti
Renown choreographer Farah Khan poses with her husband cum producer of Kriti Shirsh Kunder, acclaimed artiste Manoj Bajpayee and Neha Sharma during the short film’s launch on June 22 / Photo: Facebook

The two short films have striking, surprising and unmistakeable similarities. Mr Neupane claims the Indian filmmaker ‘stole’ his plot to make it into his own short film starring Manoj Bajpayee, Neha Sharma and Radhika Apte. Last week, the young man promised he would not remain silent and will take matters into his hands to secure justice for himself and Jazz Productions, his creative group.

Mr Kunder has responded to Mr Neupane’s allegations of ‘plagiarism’ saying his movie was produced long before ‘Bob’ was released.

Mr Neupane rubbished the claim made by the director of Jaan-E-Man which featured Bollywood stalwarts like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.

Since southasia.com.au last reported on the issue with a link to the video, Mr Neupane’s short film has received additional 70,000 plus views on YouTube.

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