The Mumbai(previously called Bombay) film industry has always been inspired by Hollywood. However the line between being inspired and copying has been thin. The first thing copied or inspired was the name. The heart of Hindi film industry was located in Bombay so the letter ‘H’ of Hollywood was replaced by ‘B’ of Bombay and the film industry was called ‘Bollywood’.
First it was the music directors who started copying or getting inspired by English music. One can find a good similarity in the English song ‘Rhythm is Gonna Get You’ by Gloria Estefan and the Hindi song ‘Oye Oye’ from the movie Tridev. The common excuse used to be “I was inspired by the music to create another song”. After much criticism the number of music director getting inspired by English music has reduced.
In the past few years it has been the directors who were copying or being inspired by Hollywood movies. Legal cases which comes to mind are of the movie ‘Hitch’ and the Bollywood’s ‘Partner’, ‘My cousin Vinny’ and Bollywood’s ‘Banda yeh bindaas hai’.
Lately there has been a new type of copying or inspiration. It’s the Bollywood movie poster’s which closely resemble Hollywood movie and similar posters. Here are a few examples:
Hindi movie ‘Ugly aur Pagli’ released on 1st August 2008.
English TV series “Til Death” – 6th September 2006.
Hindi movie Drona released on 2nd October 2008.
Video game ‘Prince of Persia – Warrior Within’ released on 30th November 2004.
Hindi movie ‘Runway’ to be released on 26th June 2009.
English movie Resident evil – extinction released on 21st September 2007.
English movie ‘XXX’ released on 9th August 2002.
Can someone tell me whether this can be termed as ‘being inspired’ or is it copying?