Don’t imitate Hollywood recklessly: Hindus tell Bollywood

When Harry Met SallyHindus have urged Bollywood filmmakers to use original Indian themes instead of blatant copycatting of Hollywood and other foreign cinema.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, asked, “Why borrow/rob when India had such a rich cultural and literary heritage.” Moreover, unnecessary aping the West was resulting in crude westernization of India which was not the correct path to take as everything Western was not always right and appropriate for societies like India.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that recent reported payment of about $200, 000 by a Bollywood producer to an American studio in an out of court settlement for allegedly illegal plagiarism should also serve as a wake-up call for Bollywood industry.

Rajan Zed pointed out that Bollywood should be proud of the abundant creativity, depth, and heritage India and its literature and culture offered and pass on that pride to coming generations through movies. We had endless supply of creative talent and with little effort, Bollywood could transform Indian literature and themes into wonderful film scripts.

Various Hollywood and other movies which reportedly were copied/adapted into or inspired Bollywood films include  12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet), Bonnie & Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn),Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Steven Spielberg), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, Robert Benton), On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975, Milos Forman), Rain Man (1988, Barry Levinson), Reservoir Dogs (1992, Quentin Tarantino), Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder), The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola), The Magnificent Seven (1960, John Sturges), The Shawshank Redemption (1994, Frank Darabont), The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Jonathan Demme), The Usual Suspects (1994, Bryan Singer), When Harry Met Sally (1989, Rob Reiner), etc.

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