Filmmaker Asim Abbasi’s latest directorial venture Churails has proven to be a dashing hit amongst critics as well as audiences. The project which brought a powerful storyline to the fore featured four fierce and independent women driven towards slamming patriarchy in a male-dominated world. While Abbasi was lauded for his epic direction, leading ladies Sarwat Gilani, Nimra Bucha, Yasra Rizvi and Mehar Bano too knocked it out of the park with their stellar acting stints. The web show, however, did receive its fair share of criticism related to the duration of each episode and some glitches in the plot. Nonetheless, Abbasi was appreciated for addressing important subjects and his brave storytelling.
1. A few weeks ago the issue regarding the plagiarism / usage of an illustration created by French artist Malika Favre in Churails was brought to our attention. We immediately reached out to Malika to take necessary measures to rectify the situation. (Cont’d)
— Asim Abbasi (@IllicitusProduc) September 18, 2020
Soon after Churails released, the Cake director was under fire for allegedly plagiarizing the work of a renowned French artist. While he took his time to respond to the accusations, he has now spoken up about the claims in a series of Twitter posts. Abbasi started off with, “A few weeks ago the issue regarding the plagiarism/usage of an illustration created by French artist Malika Favre in Churails was brought to our attention.”
He continued, “We immediately reached out to Malika to take necessary measures to rectify the situation. I would also at this point like to clear the name of our animation creator, Studio Rokhan
@rokhan_official of any wrongdoing. Due to an oversight by the production house, the animation studio was provided the said artwork and given the authorization to use it.” Abbasi clarified, “My silence on this matter was due to the production house needing time to complete the corrective process, which it now has. I strongly believe that the rights of all artists must be protected and upheld at all times and would like to personally apologise for this oversight.” He has been receiving ample support from fans for his sincere public apology on Twitter.