Is Udta Punjab A Shadow Of British Novel ?


Mumbai: After fanning much controversy, Shahid Kapoor-starrer Bollywood movie ‘Udta Punjab’ has again made it to the headlines following reports that the movie is based on a novel named ‘High Society’ by Ben Elton.

As per reports by leading English daily, the Shahid Kapoor-Alia Bhatt- Kareena Kapoor-starrer ‘Udta Punjab’ shares a similar plot with that of Ben Elton’s novel ‘High Society.’ Not only that, but the words, both the one of the novel and the one of the movie share the same meaning, but of different vernaculars. ‘High’ means ‘Udta’ and ‘Society’ has been referred here as ‘Punjab’. It is also being reported that the characters share a strikingly similar sketch to the characters in the book.

The director of the film, Abhishek Chaubey and writer Sudip Sharma refused to comment on this allegation. But producer of the film Anurag Kashyap said that he was ‘completely shocked’ by these allegations and that he had not read the book. He also pointed out that his director and writer had done a lot of research in Punjab and that even if they were ‘inspired’ by the book, they did a ‘damn good job in the writing of the script.’

The movie’s script writer admitted reading the novel but claimed that he couldn’t remember much of it. He refuted plagiarism claims saying that he used Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Traffic’ and an article in a newspaper as his inspiration.