Is Kalki’s ‘Bhram’ Poster Plagiarised from This Australian Movie?
A new poster of the web series Bhram, starring Sacred Games star Kalki Koechlin, has become the focus of controversy. The poster appears to bear an uncanny resemblance to a poster of the Australian period thriller The Nightingale.
The anonymous Instagram account Diet Sabya, which is known for calling out plagiarism in fashion, art and more brought attention to the similarity on Wednesday, 4 August while sharing the posters of The Nightingale and Bhram side by side.
The Nightingale poster features the tense face of the film's heroine Aisling Franciosi, as a blackbird flies past, partially covering the face. The "Bhram" poster features Kalki's caught in a similar expression, with a blackbird flying past and partially covering her face. The account captioned it, “We spot a 'cheel' (eagle) but think it is a 'kauwa' (crow).”
Take a look at the post and judge for yourself.
Bhram, written by K. Hari Kumar and directed by Sangeeth Sivan is an eight-episode web series that will stream on ZEE5 from 18 September onwards. It also stars Chandan Roy Sanyal. The series is a psychological thriller set in Shimla.
The Nightingale, which is directed by Jennifer Kent of The Babadook fame, is set in 1825 in the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land (now the Australian state of Tasmania). The film follows a young convicted woman seeking revenge for a terrible act of violence committed against her family. It stars Aisling Franciosi with Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, and Damon Herriman. The film was released in August 2019.
Last week, Diet Sabya had pointed out the similarity between a poster for the Prabhas actioner Saaho and an independent artist’s work.
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