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There's not a hint of plagiarisation: 'Secret Ballot' director on 'Newton'

'Secret Ballot' filmmaker now has the film and will see it soon: Kashyap

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Newton movie
Newton movie poster | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

"Newton" had come under the scanner for allegedly being a rip-off of "Secret Ballot" but the director of the 2001 Iranian film, Babak Payami, has wished upon its selection as India's official entry to the

Amid reports that the film has striking similarities with "Secret Ballot", director-producer came forward in support of the team.

He shared a screenshot of an Indian journalist's interview with Payami on Facebook, with permission, where the Payami said he was happy for the selection of "Newton" at the and had no issues if the two films shared thematic similarities.

Calling the Iranian director "a true artiste", wrote alongside the post that he hopes Payami's answer "puts enough shame in our controversy mongers"

"Secret Ballot" filmmaker now has the film and will see it soon, he added.

Earlier, had sent the link of "Newton" to the producer of the Iranian movie, Marco Muller.

Muller, who saw the film, told that "Newton" was "definitely no rip off from our 'Secret Ballot (even if the general concept is the same)."

shared Muller's response on social media. Muller, in his response, said, "...there is not even a hint of plagiarisation."

"Newton" revolves around a government employee's struggle to conduct the election in a conflict-hit area of Chhattisgarh, while "Secret Ballot" focuses on a woman ballot officer, who visits a desolate place in Iran to convince people to cast their vote.

First Published: Tue, September 26 2017. 16:32 IST