Author Yashica Dutt has expressed her disappointment at the alleged lack of recognition for her contributions in an episode of the second season of Amazon Prime Video India’s Made in Heaven 2. For the inexperienced, in the fifth episode of the series, Radhika Apte plays the character of a Dalit woman.
Made In Heaven 2 Creators DENY Appropriating Yashica Dutt’s Work; issue official statement
In a statement on social media, Dutt said she was “deeply disappointed” that the show’s creators had reportedly not given her any credit for her work. She claimed that she had met the creators of the show and shared her experiences as a Dalit woman and that she had also given them access to her book, “Coming Out As Dalit”.
Dutt said that he felt his work and experiences had been “appropriated” by the show’s creators. He said that he was “not asking for money or fame”, but that he wanted the show’s creators to “acknowledge my contribution”.
The creators of Made in Heaven have denied appropriating Dutt’s work. In a statement, they claimed that the episode in question is a fictional story about a Dalit woman named Pallavi Menke. They clarify that the character is not based on Dutt’s life or his book.
The statement says the term “coming out” was first used in the context of Indian caste identity in 2007, a decade before Dutt used it in his book. The statement also said that the narrative of Pallavi Menke’s grandmother cleaning toilets is a common story that came up recurringly in the creator’s community’s research.
The statement concluded by saying that the creators have immense respect for Dutt and his work, and that they made the show with sincerity, passion, and a beating heart.
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