Churails: Web Series Is Being Accused Of Plagiarizing Artwork Of A French Artist
Churails Has Come Under Criticism For Alleged Copyright Infringement
Churails, Pakistan's first official and international foray into the online web series streaming platform, has taken South East Asia by storm and is earning rave reviews. The series is being aired on India's Zindagi Original and stars Sarwat Gillani, Yasra Rizvi, Meharbano, and Nimra Bucha in lead roles.
Churails is the brainchild of Asim Abbasi, who has written and directed it. It has become a massive hit with Pakistanis and Indians. The series revolves around Karachi's secret detectives whose mission it is to expose the city's unfaithful, elite husbands. Pakistan desperately needed an original and fascinating web series and Churails has provided just that.
However, not everything the series has done is earning positive feedback and they have had to find that out the hard way through social media's court of public opinion recently. It is social media that builds you up and it is social media that brings you down as well.
We are living in such times that it does not take long for people to cancel anything during this cancel culture era and Churails would be wise to accept that. The web series has recently come under scrutiny for alleged copyright infringement. Yes, you heard that right!
While the majority of people have shown nothing but love to the web series and showered praise upon it, one very observant television buff has noticed that Churails has blatantly plagiarized the work of a French artist.
Half a minute into the web series #churails and I spot some blatant plagiarism in the opening credits. @malikafavre’s powerful illustration has been quite conveniently ripped off. @nytopinion @nytimes @NewYorker pic.twitter.com/SNtF22eCGd— Amna Tariq (@amna_tq) August 20, 2020
A French artist, by the name of Malika Favre, designed this illustration for a feature in the New York Times and it is called 'Park Avenue'.
Meanwhile, the design and illustration used by Churails in their opening credits are strikingly similar to Malika Favre's illustration and people are having none of it.
Studio ROKHAN, which is a creative boutique production company that is passionate about creating meaningful stories and content through multiple mediums, did the credit sequence for Churails and people are quite disappointed at this blatant ripoff of a French artist's work.
Not only that, but the marketing team of Churails also used the image as a poster with Sarwat Gillani posing with it.
The French artist, Malika Favre, also replied to the post and expressed her shock and disappointment. We believe a copyright infringement strike is inevitable for studio ROKHAN.
Oh god.... that IS bad! Thanks for sharing. Will look into it.— malika favre (@malikafavre) August 21, 2020
One Twitter user hit the nail on the head by expressing his disappointment and saying that credit should always be given to original artists, especially when the stakes are this high and the series is of such a high-level budget.
OH COME ON!— BuffetKhor (@BilkulSahiKaha) August 20, 2020
People need to take these things seriously. Especially when working on high budget projects like these. https://t.co/nOQc44VdhY
Churails has received widespread critical acclaim. It has been hailed as a groundbreaking web series that breaks typical stereotypes about Pakistanis and abandons the monotonous topics and issues portrayed in Pakistani television. However, with great power comes great responsibility and the creators of Churails would be wise to issue a public apology to Malika Favre for stealing her artwork. Copyright infringement is a serious offense and the copyright holder has the right to claim damages.