Director Shirish Kunder says the positive response to his short film Kriti has motivated him to innovate with his next project. Kriti, starring Manoj Bajpayee, Radhika Apte and Neha Sharma in lead roles, is an 18-minute long psychological thriller. It was released in June and well received by critics and fans.
The movie has hit six million views on YouTube. The 43-year-old filmmaker shared his happiness on Twitter.
Twitter post, writing, “A niche content getting so much support inspires us to experiment further the next time.”
After an hour, Kunder’s choreographer-director wife, Farah Khan took to Twitter and wrote, “It always gets harder before it gets better.. and today just got better! #Kriti touches 6 million views and going strong!!”
The film Kriti tells a tale of a man who visits his psychiatrist to talk about his problems. Manoj Bajpayee who plays Sapan tells Radhika Apte that he finally found a woman in his life, named Kriti, but she suffers from agoraphobia which is why she is unable to come and visit her. The psychiatrist goes on to tell him that she secretly wants to meet this new lady in his life because she’s worried that like his previous lover, this new woman in his life might be an imaginary friend, and thereby does not exist.
With an engaging drama,the film deals with the complexities of a character’s mind. The short film was met with positive response from many Bollywood personalities and the audiences.
However, Aneel Neupane, a filmmaker from Nepal wrote on his Facebook page that Kunder’s psychological thriller was a copy of his short film Bob and alleged that the Jaan-E-Mann director practically stole the plot and made it into his film. Neupane wrote that his film was ready in October 2015 and he uploaded it on Vimeo as a private video to share it with close friends before releasing it on YouTube on May 12, this year.
However, Shirish Kunder rubbished these rumours.
“That short film (‘Bob’) was released on May 12 whereas we shot ‘Kriti’ in February, after which it was in post-production. How is it even possible to ‘lift’ the idea, unless I was time travelling ?. These allegations are technical, factually and logically, baseless,” he said as reported by PTI.
With inputs from PTI.