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.

Ai Shankar

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


Tsk! Tsk!

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


Cellphone Tamil 2013 movie Kollywood

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 15 – Cell Phone – Tamil Movie

Every once in a while, I get to see a shameless rip-off which just gets me to add a new post on this blog which is full of cobwebs.

I absolutely love it when lazy creatives tweak classy originals to come up with derivative works and call them their own.

This one is a re-use of the poster for a 2010 movie “In My Sleep“. The Synopsis for In My Sleep from IMDB

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, Marcus struggles with parasomnia, a sleepwalking disorder that causes him to do things in his sleep that he cannot remember the next day. When he wakes up with blood on his hands and a knife at his side, he is startled to hear that a close friend has been found stabbed to death. Marcus frantically tries to put the pieces together could he have murdered his friend while sleepwalking to hide a dark secret between them?

Cellphone Tamil 2013 movie Kollywood

That explains the knife, fetal position, blood splotches, boxers & the wrinkle effect  (of his bed spread).

The Tamil movie is very imaginatively titled Cellphone … or was it Cellbone. What cleared up the confusion was the killer of a tagline: Unknown Number. So, it was unlikely to be one of the 206 bones.

The Art Director has just borrowed the poster from In My Sleep and added a brown, earthy tint.  He obviously chopped off the bottom part from the original so that he could accommodate the 10-15 people whose names and educational qualifications needed to be on the poster.

I am curious to see what this poster has to do with the story of the movie Cell Phone.  My money is on the art director subtitling the poster, in a Magrittesque twist, with “This is not a knife – (but a cell phone)“.

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 13 – Vijay’s Yohan Adhyayam Ondru

I Love Shameless Rip-Offs!!

Vijay’s forthcoming movie Yohan rips off from a 2008 French flick Largo Winch.

The emphasis of the other posters is on showing how cool the hero is and the extent of his globetrotting. Reminds me somewhere of the brilliant I am Legend poster set.

The one where he is kneeling before a red car reminds me of some poster I am not able to place a finger on.


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 – 8 – Endhiran

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

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 7 – Yuvan Yuvathi and Rene Magritte

After a lot of Bollywood-bashing, here’s a Tamil movie which is one of the most shameless rips I have seen so far.

Rene Magritte’s classic painting The Lovers (Les Amants) has been used as the poster announcing shooting. Lots of movies have used paintings as inspiration. But, this one just “uses” the painting.

I do hope someone taking the movie pays up the royalty to use this painting.

See for yourself:

Magritte’s Lovers  series consists of 4 paintings.

There are also the 4 Covered Heads (which includes the 2 paintings in the Lovers series)

L’histoire centrale (The central story)

L’invention de la vie (The Invention of Life)

As usual, the meaning of the paintings remain shrouded in mystery. Theories range from Fantomas to his mother’s suicide , Love is Blind all the way down to Nick Carter Detective magazines.

One more post on Magritte & Movie Posters / Album art will follow.