Three years after Rani Mukherjee’s much appreciated film, Mardaani, she is set to return to the silverscreen with Hichki. The trailer of the film was launched on Tuesday by the actress herself and the response was unanimously positive.

Rani plays a teacher with Tourette’s Syndrome who fights against all odds to follow her dream and her role got a big thumbs up from mostly everyone who viewed the trailer.

But soon enough, controversies followed. One of the film’s promo being too similar to the HBO film, Front of the Class. And the other by Australian based writer, Nishant Kuashik –  In a series of tweets Kaushik called out to the director of the film, Siddharth Malhotra for allegedly making him work on a story on similar lines and not acknowledging his effort.

And just as the promo of Hichki was also been called out to for being too similar to the HBO TV film, ‘Front of the Class’, the director of the film Siddharth Malhotra released this statement to address both the resemblance to Front of the Class and the claims made by Nishant Kaushik:

“I had acquired the rights to make Front of the Class as a Hindi motion picture in 2013. Nishant Kaushik’s claims are baseless. He was contacted through Exceed Entertainment and I haven’t even met him once. We were looking for writers who could come up with a take on the Front of the Class. We had approached several writers including Nishant. He was given a brief for the film and the story and slant he came up with, was not what we were looking for. So, we did not proceed with him and Exceed was informed about my decision immediately. This was, 2015. Several prominent writers like Amole Gupte, Abbas Tyrewala have worked on the story of Hichki and we have obtained NOC’s from them and I thank each one of them for being the creative contributors of Hichki. We have credited all the writers who have worked in our film. So, it is ridiculous that we will not give credit to anyone in particular who has worked hard and contributed for Hichki.”

Well, Nishant Kaushik chose to revert on that with another tweet:

You can watch the promo of Hichki and Front of the Class here:


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