Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 12 – The Rite

Once in a while, a poster reminds you of a bunch of things. You cannot put your finger on what. The poster of the Anthony Hopkins movie The Rite did that to me.


Marching Ants – Allah Ke Banday, City of Gold & other Bollywood Posters

The creative agency has figured out a way to make the poster look good – sprinkle some gold dust and get the sun behind the subject. Voilà – Classy looking poster. But, when you do it too many times, it is called overkill.

Marching Ants have created some of my all time favourite Bollywood posters – Be it Ishqiya, Dev D, Help, LSD, Udaan, Blue Umbrella or Udaan (again).

At the same time, they have done enough shameless rip-offs

Kisna (From Braveheart),

Lakshya (Shadow Concept from Mad Magazine & Some Posters),

Johnny Gaddar (From Big Lebowski and countless posters featuring sunglasses with reflective surfaces,

Johnny Gaddar (Again) (From countless “Running Man” posters)

Once upon a time in Mumbai from Mr & Mrs Smith,

Anjaana Anjaani (From An Education) and even their old posters like Ek Hasina Thi,Vaastu Shaastra & Goal were lifted .

Take a look at their creations and you will see both the Genius & the Copycat there. Sad that a talented agency has to resort to pinching others’ work.

Now for the Overkill bit…

Piet Mondrian and Tyler Perry

Strikingly Similar. Piet Mondrian’s Composition 2 in Red, Blue & Yellow and Tyler Perry’s latest.

Inspired  Maybe; Lifted – Surely not!

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 10 – Vandhan Vendran

Poster 1 from Hollywood  – Going the Distance

Poster 2 from Bollywood  – I Hate Luv Storys

Yet to sit down and figure out where the other posters are from

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 9 – Social Network

Design houses have a trademark Look & feel to their work – Crew Creative,  BLT or Pritish Nandy Communications.

The recent movie poster trend of copy on top of an image using photoshop is  the equivalent of a big boss making horrible additions to your carefully crafted powerpoint slide.

The “Facebook Movie” is about Plagiarism and it is indeed apt that the movie poster is a “Repurposed” one. The creative Agency Kellerhouse reused the concept from the Criterion Cover they created for The Man who fell to Earth for the poster of The Social Network. In fact, they seem to be specialists in the “Throw some text in the middle of an image to create impact” variety of posters.


Hat Tip: Monkeyartawards

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 8 – Endhiran

The posters dangerously resemble a few movies – Matrix Reloaded , Spidey & Terminator series.