Hollywood sues Bollywood copycats

Hollywood sues Bollywood copycats

MUMBAI, Aug 29 – For years, Indian producers have paid Hollywood the ultimate compliment: knocking off American films scene-for-scene and turning them into Bollywood blockbusters.

Now, Hollywood is paying Bollywood a compliment of its own. Instead of ignoring the plagiarism, moviemakers there have begun suing their counterparts in India, a sure sign that this country’s booming US$2.2 billion-a-year (S$3.2 billion-a-year) film industry has arrived as a global player.

Anupama Chopra, a film critic in Mumbai, where Bollywood is headquartered, said: “This is all a long time coming. It means India is no longer some country in the boondocks where no one cares what is going on.

“Personally, I am really glad. It got to the point where I said to one director, ‘Where is your artistic skill?’ And he looked right at me and said, ‘My skill is knowing what to steal’.”

Last week, 20th Century Fox accepted a US$200,000 settlement from the Bollywood film producer it accused of copying its 1992 Oscar-winning comedy My Cousin Vinny, better known here by its Bollywood version, Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai or This Guy Is Fearless.

Earlier this year, Warner Bros took out notices in the Times of India newspaper warning Bollywood against plans to make an Indian version of The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

Read all in the Malaysian Insider

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