Bengali actor Mainak Bhaumik accused of copying his earlier film

December 31, 2016 11:13 am Published by :

Charges of plagiarism are rampant in showbiz, but rarely is a director accused of copying his own film. That’s what has brought Mainak Bhaumick under the glare. The filmmaker, known for his brand of urban cinema, is gearing up for the release of Bibaho Diaries in January, after no-show for a whole year. But the trailer of the film, which released recently, has miffed the producer of Mainak’s earlier unreleased film, Ami vs Tumi, no end. In an official complained that he lodged with Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA) on Thursday, producer Arijit Biswas has brought charges of copying his own film against Mainak and has urged the umbrella body to stall the release. Complete rights to Ami vs Tumi belong to Arijit.
Defending the delayed release of his film, Arijit said, “We shot Ami vs Tumi in 2011. Back then, Mainak was not a known name in Tollywood. He told me that he was planning a multi-starrer, Bedroom, and if I released the film after it, it would help me make profits. I believed him. After Bedroom was over, we again got in touch. This time, Mainak said he was doing Maach Mishti & More and if I delayed the release, he could sell the satellite rights of the three films together. I again fell for it. Sensing that the release was getting too delayed, I finally got the film censored in 2014 and even got in touch with Arijit Dutta of Piyali Films for distribution. After the release was planned, Mainak couldn’t be traced. I called his assistants but no one could tell me where he was. In 2015, we accidentally met and that’s when Mainak asked me to sell the negative rights to recover costs. I asked him to remain involved in the process, as I sincerely needed his help. This year, we met at Banga Sammelan in the US and he was very nice to me. We even spoke about the release of Ami vs Tumi. To be honest, I had heard from his own unit members this year that he was making a film on the institution of marriage, which was similar to my Ami vs Tumi. It was only after I came across the trailer that I realised the similarities were too much to ignore. While Ami vs Tumi is about a woman marrying a struggling musician, Bibaho Diaries is about the marriage between a young woman and a struggling theatre actor. Some of the lines uttered by the leads — Sohini Sarkar and Ritwick Chakraborty — are the same as what my actors Rahul and Priyanka say in the film.”