acid-factory-cut2Acid Factory is the new film by journalist turned filmmaker Suparn Verma (Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena). In an interview to Hindustan Times, when asked about the story of Acid Factory, Suparn had to say this…

Sanjay Gupta is known to look towards foreign films for inspiration. So which one was the muse for Acid Factory?

Sanjay (Gupta) had this amazing story given to him by a writer about seven people trapped inside an acid factory. They’ve lost their memories and in the terrifying present have just realised that there’s a killer amongst them and two others are his intended victims. We wove the screenplay around it. The challenge was in shooting the film in sequence and extracting performances from the group as a whole and not simply from individual actors. Before shooting, I made my cast read out their parts in front of each other and that created a bond between them.

You can read the full interview here. For us, the most interesting part of the interview was the first line – Sanjay had this amazing story given to him by a writer. We would like to know who is the writer ? And why is the poor writer not given credit in the interview ? Strangely, even in the IMDB full credit list of Acid Factory, there is no mention of the writer, though it tells you who is the stunt double and even has 2nd AD’s name.

Coming from Sanjay Gupta’s factory, most probably the writer doesnt exist! Or its all UNKNOWN! Read Dvd, copy, plagiarism! Unknown ? Yes, thats the name of the film. We havent seen it but to quote from IMDB, here is the plot of Unknown.

UnknownFive men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are. They are forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive.


How would you feel if: You were tied to a chair, In a locked-down warehouse, In the middle-of-nowhere, With no recollection what-so-ever of what happened, or what didn’t. To add to it, you’re not alone. There’s 4 others in the exact same state of mind. Some responsible for putting the others there BUT no one knows who’s who. Thats how this movie starts, getting grittier with every passing minute.

Now, scroll up and read the plot in Suparn’s answer. It sounds suspiciouly similar to Unknown. And coming from sanjay Gupta, dil hai ki manta nahi!

The film stars Irrfan Khan, Manoj Bajapi, Fardeen Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Dino Morea, Diya Mirza, and Danny Denzongpa.

If you still have some doubts, check out the trailer of Unknown..

Gawd, even the trailer looks the same! And here is the Acid Factory trailer..

Are we jumping the gun again ? With Sanjay Gupta, who loves guns and bikes and babes, its justified! What say ? Or lets wait till this friday.

  1. Rohit says:

    yaa I saw Unknown some time back on youtube. It was a good movie. but then what else do you expect from Sanjay Gupta? This guy should be righfully sued

  2. Manu Warrier says:

    LOL…how did you find Unknown? I never heard of this film before…but too many similarities

  3. Anom says:

    Super Find!

  4. Rohit says:

    here is the part 1 on youtube

  5. Rohit says:

    btw there was a nice twist in the end which I didn’t expect at all

  6. saket chaudhary says:

    Sanjay Gupta must be wondering what he needs to do to be able to copy without being found out

  7. rajesh says:

    Story already came out yesterday in The Telegraph.


    the writer is Milind Gadagkar, who wrote Phoonk.

  8. Kenny says:

    I’ve seen Unknown. Decent thriller, although the ‘conflict’ between characters seemed forced at times. I’ve seen the trailer of Acid Factory once, and from what I can make out, here’s who’s playing which part:
    Danny = Joe Pantoliano
    Fardeen = Jim Caviezel
    Aftab = Greg Kinnear
    Dino = Barry Pepper
    Irfan = Peter Stormare
    Manoj Bajpai = Jeremy Sisto
    Diya = Female not present in the warehouse in Unknown

  9. moifightclub says:

    @Manu – we also havent seen it. will watch it before this friday.

    @Rajesh – had no clue. Oops we are late. but if it helps, we asked the same question to Suparn on August 4th. Didnt put out the post as was waiting for its week of release. today’s interview in HT cafe triggerd this post. And we honestly dont read Telegraph. Our interaction with Suparn follows and his clarification too.
    fight club
    toSuparn Verma

    fight club
    toSuparn Verma

    dateTue, Aug 4, 2009 at 12:54 AM
    subjectRe: Hey

    Thnx for the kind words Suparn! Trying our best. we do follow u too. To be honest, we are disappointed with the acid factory tesaer. wanted more! More than just dhoom dhaam. the freeze frames looked killer. Hopefully the theatrical trailer will kick serious arse! all the best.

    btw, whats the dope on Unknown ? True ?


    – Show quoted text –
    On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 9:05 PM, Suparn Verma wrote:

    fromSuparn Verma
    tofight club

    fromSuparn Verma
    tofight club

    dateTue, Aug 4, 2009 at 9:30 AM
    subjectRe: Hey

    hide details Aug 4

    Hey ——deleting the other content——lotsa surprises its a hardcore thriller

    as for the dope , do me a favour and watch the film once and then judge and write as u wish:)

    Have changed Suparn’s mail id to XXX. We may not be aaj tak but we dont steal stories! in almost every second post, we quote some news or other, we make sure we not only give proper credit but also put out the online link to the article. do check out any old post of urs!

    @Kenny – thnx. lets see how many u got correct. Do let us know.

    @Saket – its impossible. in the era of FB, twitter, orkut, utube…u cant hide anywhere! even if u r unknown.

  10. Rahul says:

    They are not talking abt the writer coz the story Milind Gadagkar had written was changed and altered as per the inspiration film. Eventually Sanjay Gupta took the credit to write the film. But since it would have created more legal problems for him incase of a suit.. He kept the original writers name MILIND.

    Now Milind is no more associated with the entourage at the Guptas and has moved on to write PHOONK for RGV and now direct PHOONK 2.

    He is kept out of the whole release and he too is least bothered to be part of a namesake film.

    Now if tomorrow there is a Suit against this film. Sanjay Gupta will simply implicate his unknown writer Milind for this matter….Simple a Bas**rd

  11. su says:

    no but how ya. this one has a girl in it, there is no girl in unknown.. so there you go…. weinteins cant sue white feathers.. one girl can make lot of difference

  12. Johny says:

    And it never even got a theatrical release!

  13. […] a few days back, we wrote this post on Suparn Verma’s Acid Factory and how its original is not Unknown any more. Acid […]

  14. deb says:

    haha,true…i had seen Unknown quite sometime back and it is a pretty decent watch….keeps u entertained.Ive seen the Acid Factory trailer once and it wasnt difficult to figure out that it was the same movie.How many times will these filmakers take credit for movie thats not even theirs….

  15. […] and produced by Sanjay Gupta. Earlier we wrote about the Acid-Factory-Unknown plagiarism issue here. They set a new benchmark by even copying the trailer of the […]

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