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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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Amritsar Train Tragedy Leaves Bollywood Industry in Shock

Here's how the celebrities reacted:

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Amritsar train tragedy: Bollywood shocked, calls for better safety. Twitter

The deplorable train tragedy in Amritsar in which 60 people were crushed to death and several others injured, brings the focus to how safety in public places needs to be taken more seriously in the country, say Bollywood celebrities who have sent out prayers for the victims.

The film fraternity expressed shock over the incident which took place on the festival of Dussehra on Friday. A 700 strong crowd was watching a huge Ravana effigy go up in flames amid exploding crackers when on the Joda Phatak track near Dhobi Ghat the Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU passenger train heading to Hoshiarpur from Amritsar came hurtling down around 7 p.m.

In just 10-15 seconds, it left behind a heap of crushed and dismembered bodies.

Here’s how the celebrities reacted:

Farhan Akhtar: Saddened to hear about the loss of life in Amritsar. Safety in public spaces has to be taken a lot more seriously. Deepest condolences to all families affected by this tragedy.

Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt. Wikimedia Commons

Anil Kapoor: A tragic incident that could have been avoided if only. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the families of the deceased and wishing a speedy recovery for the ones injured.

Alia Bhatt: The Amritsar train accident is heartbreaking. Terrible thing to have happened. This is just another example our extremely poor attitude towards caution and safety. Prayers for all those suffering.

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Shekhar Kapur: Absolutely horrific tragedy. Heart goes to the kin of those that dies and injured. Let’s not politicise this tragic event that has left more than 60 dead and huge numbers seriously injured… obviously there will be an inquiry later.

Diana Penty: Absolutely shocked at hearing the news of the train accident in Amritsar. I just cannot fathom how something like this could have happened. My deepest condolences to all the families that have lost their loved ones. Love and prayers. (IANS)