Ai Shankar

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 16 – Ai – Shankar’s Movie

Call it plagiarism. Call it channelizing. Call it repurposing. Looks like a lazy bit of recycling.

The teaser for Shankar’s Ai leaves you with a “Where have I seen this before?” feeling.

I can evn go to the extent of ignoring the Rohit Shetty Physics , the weird Trans-SheHumanoid-Former bike and the Hobbit feet surplus from Weta.

The Hunchback in 300 (Ephialtes of Trachis) and Vikram’s character in Ai look eerily similar.

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Then, we have something which looks like a Kollywood “Semma Mass” version of  Maurice Sendak’s Where the wild things are.

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Tsk! Tsk!

Why can’t Shankar’s characters be as memorable and as original as his song picturisations?

 

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 13 – Akshay Kumar’s Rowdy Rathore & Khiladi 786

There is very little difference between the posters showing the fist here – hand-drawn with Moustache and shaven with sunglasses.

And what is it with creative agencies wanting Akshay to burst out of every poster. Seriously.

Well, You burst on the scene already a legend, the unwashed phenomenon, the original vagabond (Apologies to Joan Baez)

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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…

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 6 – Anjaana Anjaani

Blatant Ripoff … The Cobblestone, the Pose, The Black tie…

Shame on the Poster designers for Anjaana Anjaani !!