Bhubaneswar: Odia storyteller Mamatamayee Choudhury’s shortstory “Chupchaap” – a beautiful yet heartbreaking story of rape – has struck the chord with everyone who has read it. However, looks like, the Odia story is a copy of a Hindi short film with the same title.
Chupchaap, a film by Bilal Hasan that compels viewers to think, speaks about an unspeakable truth in India – that of sexual molestation. Produced by Humara Movie platform and written by Bilal, Chupchaap is the story of a father and mother who spend most of their time fretting about the safety of their only teenage daughter. While the name of the city isn’t provided, the script and the screenplay clearly shows the city as the capital of India, Delhi. Things take a crucial turn when their daughter goes missing from her tuition classes and the mother rushes out to search for their daughter. Little do the trio know that their lives will change after this adventure, forever. The mother is raped in a moving car. As she insists her husband to file a complaint at the nearest police station, the man turns down. He assures her to show the same love and asked her to keep silence over the matter.
Published in May 2019 issue of a popular Odia magazine, Mamatamayee’s story Chupchaap depicts the same story. Moreover its start, end and narration are clearly indicating a line by line copy from the 2018 film.
Bilal wrote about this case of plagiarism on his Facebook wall. He also appealed all Odia authors to come out and oppose this act of copying in Odia literature. However Mamatamayee wrote on her Facebook wall that she hadn’t watched the movie ever. Her story was inspired by a news from Kerala, Mamatamayee explained. When readers, her friends and Bilal himself asked her to clarify more about the news item, she deleted her post from her Facebook wall and kept herself away from the debate.