Soon after its release, rumours began to surface on the internet that Dear Zindagi was based on the Canadian TV series Being Erica and the similarities were undeniable.
Dear Zindagi took audiences by storm with its fresh storyline and Alia Bhatt and Shahrukh Khan’s spectacular performances. Now, it turns out, the storyline may not have been that fresh. Soon after its release, rumours began to surface on the internet that the film was based on the Canadian TV series Being Erica and the similarities were undeniable. There was Erica who couldn’t handle relationships in her life and cheated on her dream boyfriend Ethan (or Angad Bedi in Bollywood-speak). Then there was Dr Tom, the therapist who used unconventional ways of helping Erica cope with her problems.
Now, it turns out the makers of Being Erica have become savvy to the similarities as well and have served the Dear Zindagi team a legal notice. A source claimed, “The producers of the series, Temple Street Productions have sent a legal notice to Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions for copyright infringement. Karan and the Dharma CEO, Apoorva Mehta were not aware that DZ was inspired in such detail from the Canadian show. Meanwhile, Gauri maintains her script is original, but the similarities are too glaring to go unnoticed. Gauri Khan, who is also one of the producers, and the makers are now trying to figure how to sort it out amicably. This is the first time that Dharma, which has a clean reputation, has faced a plagiarism charge.”
But is this yet another rumour to flame the controversy? According to a report in DNA, Mehta denied getting a legal notice. He said, “It’s not true… We haven’t received anything at all.” Earlier when Gauri had been questioned about the plagiarism rumours, she had said, “I don’t even know what series you are talking about. But, yes, it is a good try on the part of whoever wants to bring this movie down. Why don’t people watch the show, since I haven’t, and decide for themselves?”