“Aakrosh” and “Knock off” were released last Friday. They bore striking similarities. It is neither the genre or the story line that made these two films similar. Both were inspired or plagiarized from successful Hollywood movies. While “Aakrosh” took it’s origins from “Mississippi Burning”, “Knock Out” owed it’s roots to “Phone Booth”.
Looking at the technical team behind "Knock Out”, I had little desire to watch this one! The trailers showed a Irfan Khan trapped inside a phone booth that I have never come across during my existence in India! It is roomier than the bedrooms in a 1BHK apartment! The floors are so clean that you could sleep on the floor! I will stop at that. You will find zillion small things like this to laugh about while watching these trailers. The scale was titled towards “Aakrosh” for Priyadarshan, Ajay Devgn and Paresh Rawal. If worse comes to worse, I will still be able to see some picture perfect shots on the screen. Priyadarshan has a knack to turn a mundane location into a breathtaking visual.
“Aakrosh” turned out to be an okay fare. The effects of the movie was far reaching. I kept wondering whether it was a scene-to-scene copy of “Mississippi Burning”. Since I saw the source of inspiration years back, there was a renewed interest to watch it again. I’m sure there are many like me!
In a country like India, the inspired or the plagiarized movies offer a good market for Hollywood. Instead of getting into a legal battle with the makers, the Hollywood studios should do the following to combat plagiarism.
- They should re-release the originals along with these inspired or plagiarized movies in theaters.
- They should dub it into as many languages as possible for reaching out to more people.
- They should sponsor bad reviews of the inspired or plagiarized movies.
- They should release the DVD of the originals (and dubbed) in a short while after the theatrical release.
With the kind of insane budgets and also their representatives in India, this should be easy to do. I’m sure they can recover their investment if they consider the kind of viewers India has to offer.
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