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Is ‘real’ Bollywood dead? Why cine industry is failing to create original content

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By Arnab Mitra

The plagiarism culture has hardly left anything untouched in Indian cine industry. The culture of outsourcing of foreign ideas was not followed during the golden age of Indian cinema particularly during the early 1950s. It only became popular in ‘70s when the rock culture gripped the entertainment world. From then to now numerous songs and movies have been copied by our film industries by foreign film industries.

Many a times, script is copied within the different entertainment industries of the country by paying copyright fees. Many hit Bollywood movies are a copy paste of southern movies, like Salman Khan starrer Wanted was copied from Telugu blockbuster Pokhri, Rowdy Rathore was also copied from a Telugu movie of the same name. Lack of creativity and innovation has forced Bollywood filmmakers to buy or steal ideas from their counterpart industries to make a film.

Here are the list of some Bollywood movies which are copied from Hollywood: Murder from the Hollywood movie Unfaithful, Agneepath from Scarface, Sarkar from The Godfather, Players from the Italian job, Sholay from the film The Magnificient Seven.

Recently there was a huge controversy over the film pk and critics said that the film was copied from Akshay Kumar starer ‘Oh My God’.

Killing the music too

Rock and Bollywood songs mixed together with vernacular lyrics now make a complete package for jagrans and other religious meets.  Rabindra Sangeet, folk songs are transformed into modern songs and are played in many popular TV serials.

Here is the list of some songs which are copied from English songs,:

Haan Haan Yeh Pyaar Hai(Dillagi) from Can’t Take My Eyes off of You,  Dil le le lena from Macarena, Suno Zara from You Needed Me, Ae dil hai mushkil from Oh my darling Clementine, Main Teri Hoon Janam from the theme of Chariots of fire, Chura liya hai tumne (R.D. Burman)  from If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium (Walter Scharf).

“People have different opinions, as there is always a clash of originality and remix, the younger generation though liked these type of entertainment but actually it harms the originality”, says  senior editor of a music magazine.

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Kajol Says, She Want To Explore Western World And Welcome Hollywood

Kajol says her children were thrilled about her dubbing assignment.

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Kajol Says, She Want To Explore Western World And Hollywood
Kajol Says, She Want To Explore Western World And Hollywood, flickr

After dubbing for the Hindi version of Disney.Pixar’s “Incredibles 2”, actress Kajol says she is willing to explore the world of the West and work in a Hollywood film.

“I would love to do a Hollywood film. There is no particular genre in mind, and it depends whether the script appeals to me or not,” Kajol told IANS in a recorded response.

“I would ask the same questions that I would ask for a Hindi film before picking the project,” added the mother of two.

Kajol has lent her voice to the character of Helen Parr, Elastigirl. The sequel picks up right after the 2004 original, with Craig T. Nelson returning as the voice of Bob Parr, Holly Hunter as Elastigirl and Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone. Brad Bird, who voices fashion designer Edna Mode, is back to direct the project.

The sequel again deals with the Parr family attempting balance having a normal life with their superhero powers. The film is slated to release in India on June 22 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Kajol says her children were thrilled about her dubbing assignment.

“They were the most excited one especially when I told them that we will be the first ones to watch the film. It was like a big thing,” she said.

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Kajol Devgan, flickr

Kajol and Ajay Devgn, who got married in 1999, are parents to two children — daughter Nysa and son Yug. She is known for projects like “Karan Arjun”, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya”, “Ishq”, “Dushman”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…”.

Be it “Avengers: Infinity War” or “Spider-Man” series, “Iron Man” or “Wonder Woman” — superhero movies are performing well at the Indian box office.

“The popularity of superheroes has increased over time owing to the fact that it is digital age. There is so much flow of information. Everybody has access to the entire international fraternity which they didn’t have earlier.

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“Therefore, they are more familiar with language, the way people are and all these Hollywood films do”t feel alien as they used to,” said the actress, who was a big fan of Superman while growing up. (IANS)