There seems to have been a war of words taking place between filmmakers Reema Kagti and Sanjay Gupta. In an interview to a newspaper, Reema accused Sanjay Gupta of starting the allegations that Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (which was co-written by Reema and Zoya Akhtar) is a copy of a foreign film. She further went on to add that Gupta had not made a single original film in his career and hence had no right to talk about originality.
Not one to take things lying down, Sanjay Gupta lambasted Reema on Twitter. Gupta tweeted, “Poor Reema Kagti, is desperate to create buzz for her thanda film. If using my name helps, so be it. Ms. Kagti you’ve paid lakhs to the paper to publicize your film and yet it’s me they highlight. No highlights in your film to talk about? Ms. Kagti why were you quiet at the time this controversy came out? Was it because you didn’t want to hamper your award season? Ms. Kagti if I’ve been inspired I have openly admitted and not hidden behind a curtain of fake originality. Ms. Kagti most of the films I’ve made have gotten 4 star ratings. But if not original I don’t shamelessly lobby and clamor for awards. And finally, Ms. Kagti I am available whenever you ask to debate the originality of ZNMD on an open stage.”
Well, if this battle of words will end here or turn into a big controversy is something that only time will tell.