Sanya Malhotra’s Pagglait released on Netflix in March. The film received mostly positive response from the audience. The film is about a young girl who lost his husband within 5 months of her marriage.
While people are appreciating the film some viewers have pointed out its uncanny resemblance to Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi. Directed by actor Seema Pahwa. The film also revolves around a sudden death that results in a family’s reunion and also a lot of chaos and madness.
This ensemble film starred Naseeruddin Shah, Supriya Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee, Vikrant Massey, Vinay Pathak, Manoj Pahwa, Ninad Kamat, Sadiya Siddiqu, Divya Jagdale, Deepika Amin, Brijendra Kala and Rajendra Gupta. It released in theatres on January 1, 2021. The film also had its premiere at the Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival in October 2019, a month before Pagglait went on floors.
While Pagglait stars Sanya Malhotra in the lead along with Shruti Sharma, Sayani Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, Ashutosh Rana, Sheebha Chadha, Jameel Khan, Rajesh Tailang, Chetan Sharma, Aasif Khan, Sharib Hashmi, Meghna Malik and others.
A source was quoted as saying, “The actors and other members from the team were quite upset and angry when they saw Pagglait. They couldn’t believe that the film is so similar in so many ways to Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi. From the location to the character traits to even camera angles, so many things seem to be copied is what they allege.”
However, director Seema Pahwa said she has no grudges or any complaint with Saniya’s film. She was quoted as saying, “Mere actors ka naraaz hona jaayaz hai. The team members are a bit disturbed over these developments. However, ours was an original film and so is Pagglait. I would not say that they copied our film. I guess it must be a coincidence. However, some things were in their control. They were aware of Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi and yet, they ignored the similarities. They could have tweaked the script a little. They had the time and opportunity. They have even shot their film in the same house where we shot Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi!”
When asked whether she has seen Pagglait, Seema Pahwa told the media house, “I have not seen it yet but I have got many calls from friends and unit members and their biggest grouse is that even the shooting location has been the same. I am sure because of the similarities, even they (Pagglait makers) must be having a tough time.”
Incidentally, Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi is all set to release digitally, that too on Netflix today, that is, March 31.