Bollywood has had a long relationship with plagiarism that it can’t seem to break. We’re still fed XEROXED filmy content in the form of posters, songs, and sequences with the idea that ‘kisi ko kya pata chalega’. However, audiences have begun to notice similarities between their favourite desi films and foreign content, leading to a loss of faith in the native cinema. Meanwhile, many filmmakers consider their plagiarised work to be an inspiration or a tribute.
Here are examples when Bollywood copied content from foreign lands:
1. Beats of Besharam Rang- Makeba
Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone-starrer Besharam Rang, the recently-released track from the upcoming film, Pathaan is allegedly copied from Makeba, the 2016 song sung by French singer, Jain. Its beats are a carbon copy of the latter, and it also has a Ghungroo Toot Gaye vibe, according to netizens. also read:Best things to do in Turkey rather than hot air balloon
2. ‘Gaadi jump karani padegi‘ scene in Dhamaal- Road Trip
In Dhamaal (2007), Adi, Manav, Boman, and Roy jumped their car on a broken bridge. It was taken directly from a scene in the 2000 Hollywood film Road Trip.
3. ‘Plane mein gadbad‘ scene in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya- Friends
This climax scene where Dr. Samir tried to stop Naina from boarding the plane in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya was a frame-by-frame copied version of a sequence from Friends’ episode, The Last One. Even the dialogue was very similar. Haan bas phalange ki jagah mag wheel kardia.
4. Music of Saat Samundar Paar- Heart
The iconic introductory music of Divya Bharti and Sunny Deol’s Saat Samundar Paar from Vishwatma (1992) feels similar to Heart by English pop duo, Pet Shop Boys. Take a look at this.
5. Film poster of Ra.One- Batman Begins
Ra.One (2011) poster was compared to The Batman Begins poster (2005). Shah Rukh Khan as G.One carried Kareena Kapoor’s character in his arms quite similarly to that of Christian Bale.
6. Major Ram dodging spit in Main Hoon Na- The Matrix
Remember when SRK as Major Ram performed a stunt to avoid Professor Rasai’s saliva in Main Hoon Na? Keanu Reeves did the same in The Matrix. Of course, unlike Major Ram, Neo was saving himself from bullets.