The poster of ‘Hindi Medium’ is a copy of a Bengali films, is the film a copy too?

The makers of Irrfan Khan-starrer ‘Hindi Medium‘ recently unveiled the trailer of the film. The trailer depicts an Indian family who wants to get their daughter enrolled in a well-reputed English medium school but they face obstacles. They even change their social status for the sake of getting her admitted in an English medium school, but it’s surely not a cakewalk.

But apart from the prolific performances from the stars in the trailer, ‘Hindi Medium’ has got embroiled in a controversy. The poster of the movie shows the mother and father with the kid and it bears a striking resemblance to the poster of Bengali movie called ‘Ramdhanu’ (2014) which was helmed by Nandita Roy and Shibhoprosad Mukherjee. This has led a to debate on just like the poster, whether the film too is a copy or not. (Also Read: The teaser poster of ‘Hindi Medium’ is quite interesting)

Have a look at both the posters below:

The director of ‘Ramdhanu’, Shibhoprosad Mukherjee, spoke about the same with Mid-day. He said, “I can’t say it is a direct copy yet, since I have not seen the whole film. But since the time they had announced the film, we have been getting messages from common folk, suggesting as much. The only one thing I can tell you is that their poster is exactly the same. Also, if you check on social media, the entire Bengali film industry is talking about it. I feel the concepts are way too similar as well.”

When quizzed if he would take any strict action against the makers of ‘Hindi Medium’, he said, “We are shocked and confused right now. We also have our next film releasing on the same day as that film, and we are in the thick of promotions. The seniors of the Bengal film industry have taken the issue to a different level, since the poster is a copy-paste from my film as well. I have told my producer about the issue. He is himself a lawyer, and is thinking about it.”

However, the director of ‘Hindi Medium’, Saket Chaudhary says that his movie has an original concept. He says, “Ours is a story about how education that is supposed to be a tool of enlightenment has become a tool to create inequality. This inequality is created on basis of English schools, versus regional language schools; private schools, versus government schools. We have researched for our script over a year, and it is based on original material. I would request everyone involved to not rush to a judgement, without ascertaining facts. And the facts can easily be confirmed by watching the film on May 12.”

‘Hindi Medium’ directed by Saket Chaudhary and produced by Dinesh Vijan stars Irrfan Khan and Pakistani actress Saba Qamar in main roles. The movie will be releasing on May 12, 2017.