When Hollywood Inspired Bollywood in many ways

More often than not, Holywood has been a great source of inspiration for Bollywood for a long time



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A fine line divides outright plagiarism and inspiration. Bollywood music director Anu Malik discovered this to his chagrin for his song Mera Mulk Mera Desh from the 1996 Ajay Devgn starrer Diljale. It started when Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat won this Jewish country’s second-ever gold medal at the just concluded Tokyo Summer Olympics and the national anthem was played at the medal ceremony.

Netizens were unsparing when they discovered this song had an uncanny resemblance to the Israeli national song. If this is a recent case of such inspiration gone wrong, Bollywood has a long list of such instances, which have left the industry red-faced.

Indra Kumar’s fun-filled flick Dhamaal (2007) is a remake of Stanley Kramer’s It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). ‘Baadshah of Bollywood’ Shah Rukh Khan starrer Baazigar (1963) has dollops of inspiration for A Kiss Before Dying (1991). Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000) went on to drive Mere Dad Ki Maruti in 2013. Abbas Mustan’s Aitraaz (2004) takes one back instantly to Michael Douglas-Demi Moore starrer Disclosure, an erotic thriller (1994).

Ram Gopal Verma treated the seminal gangster epic film The Godfather (1972) with a big touch of Bollywood in Sarkar (2005). Screenplay writer Quentin Tarantino who made an onscreen debut in Reservoir Dogs (1992) saw Sanjay Gupta adopt it as Kaante (2002). Murder by Mukesh Bhatt (2004) was in no means ‘Unfaithful’ to the Richard Gere-Diane Lane Hollywood flick released two years earlier.

Big B’s Angeepath (1990) finds its spark from Al Pacino starrer Scarface (1983) and Bobby Deol’s Bichhoo follows in the footsteps of Leon The Professional. This list can go on. But suffice to say that when creative minds suffer from writer’s block, the mind searches for inspiration. But in this age and time, such inspiration comes under the lens, more often than not. Such inspiration incidentally is not limited to Bollywood and Hollywood. This abounds even within film industries within a country. Hoping that you stay inspired always, in the right way.

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