The most exciting words for a cinema lover can be none other than ‘Based on a true story’. The exact same line of disclaimer is what separates Srijit Mukherji’s next, Uma, from the tag of ‘inspired story’. The story of Uma is the reason behind the latest buzz in the T-town. The story of Uma which is set for a summer 2018 release, has strange similarities with 2010 American TV movie November Christmas which is based on a short story written by Greg Coppa.
This film is centered on a terminally ill eight-year-old. Feared for her fate, her father wants to gift his daughter an early Halloween and Christmas in the case she doesn’t make it through to the end of the year. On other hand, Uma focuses on a girl who is suffering from terminal illness but her dreams know no bounds. She dreams of organizing a Durga Puja at her house while her father works hard to make her dream come true. Sounds familiar, right? However, Srijit, the director of the movie denies any instance where he would have heard of November Christmas. According to him, his film is based on a true story, proof of which is readily available on internet and newspapers.
When advertising on Siti channel the director talked about his latest venture, he said, “Uma is a movie which is based on true story of a boy named Evan Leversage and the people of St George in Ontario, Canada, where family comes together to celebrate an early Christmas that year as the boy is feared to not survive through that year’s winter. I went for the permission of Evan’s mother, Nicole Wellwood, before making this film to honor Evan and the people of St George. I don’t have even the slightest hint about November Christmas. I don’t remember reading or watching it any form. Although, I have come to learn about Evan and the extraordinary acts of humanity done by the people of St George in 2015 and immediately made my mind to adapt it in the Indian context.”
With the release of an ad on siti network he dusted any rumors about connection between the two films, Srijit further added, “We have issued a disclaimer in the film which clearly says that our work is inspired by a true story and is a tribute to the people of St George. I have already invited Nicole (Evan’s mother) for the premiere of the film and a fundraiser program will also be put in place, the collections of which will go the NGO that Nicole is associated with.”