Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 14 – Aamir Khan’s Talaash Fan Poster

UPDATE: This is a Fan Poster and the Original looks nothing like this. Hat-tip to Nosferatu

Hoodie: Borrow from MI-4

Falling Text: Old Matrix poster and more recently from MI-4 & TTSS

Such a shoddy job … Tcch. Tcch.


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)


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 – 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 – 6 – Anjaana Anjaani

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

Shame on the Poster designers for Anjaana Anjaani !!