There are strong similarities between Gauri Shinde’s ‘Dear Zindagi’ and the Canadian TV series ‘Being Erica,’ but the Bollywood director assures that her film is not a copy of the TV version.
Being Erica is about an under-achieving young woman who has lot of regrets in her young life – so many she’s started a list. But when she shares her list with her therapist, he undertakes an unusual course of treatment.
She is transported back in time and given the chance to make different decisions at pivotal moments in her life, based on her knowledge of the here and now. From first kisses to job interviews, Erica has the chance to completely remake her life or leave things as they are.
Sounds familiar now?
Gauri has made it clear that her film is not a copy of the TV series and only thing her film is borrowed from is her life.
She said, “Dear Zindagi is a deeply personal film. There is only one thing it borrows from – 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.”
Gauri further said that she was deeply disturbed by the comments from people and that she was not dumb to believe that she could get away by deliberate plagiarism.
‘English Vinglish’ director said, “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 cannot 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.”
Another interesting thing is Being Erica’s, Dr. Tom, the mysterious shrink who sends Erica back in time to relive her regrets, has a quote for every problem. Most of the time, they come from historical figures like Gandhi!
It is hard to believe a film maker like Gauri has not heard about this film in the days of the internet!
An insider has been quoted in a report as saying that the producers of the series, Temple Street Productions have sent a legal notice to Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions for copyright infringement. – CINEWS