Plagiarism at its height of cheapness - Indian movies ripping 2Advanced animations

Jun 28, 2006

Coupla days back, I wrote about "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a life (How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a life)":, a book which I read because of the Plagiarism Controversy. Little did I realize that, today I would be treated to another surprise about the extend of plagiarism in the Indian cinema popularly known as "Bollywood (Bollywood)":

I and many other Indian Cine-Movie goers are perfectly used to the fact that Bollywood Movies got inspirations from many Hollywood and other foreign movies. I have seen many bollywood movies that have exact replica of shots, ideas and execution - mix blends of 2-3 movies, masala-ed with story ideas from fiction novels - Sidney Sheldon, _et al_. I saw the movie "Krrish (Krrish)": today at the behest of our team. As soon as the movie's part of the story-line cross that of "Paycheck (Paycheck)":, I smiled - *Paycheck* - but then that was not a surprise for me at all.

My surprise hit me when I saw that their future-seeing-computer interface to be something I have seen many times before. The interface was somewhat like the 2Advanced's "Expansions Video Demo Reel (Expansions Video Demo Reel)": - a guy drags UI objects on a glass like thingy to manipulate commands (watch the "low resolution video demo reel (low resolution video demo reel)": instead).

If not, I think I can still look at my External Archive Disc (I practically don't delete files) and find that video (I am assuming that is over 3 years old). And I saw many movements that were perhaps done in flash or some 3D stuff which were copied versions of the 2Advanced "V.3 (2Advanced V.3)": and "V.4 (2Advanced V.4)": interface; the funny part is that they have the "2Advanced (2Advanced)": Logo swiping-with-the-glossy-shiny thingy too. Unless "2Advanced (2Advanced)": was involved with the making of "Krrish (Krrish)": that is a real shame to whoever is involved with those effects.

I really think that Bollywood should stick to their song sequences, rain dances, family drama, the colors and the no-brainer comedies.

2Advanced was an inspiration to many designers eons ago and very recently "Plat4m (Plat4m)": reported few more on their "rip-report (rip-report)": - "2Advanced V.4 vs. DJ Miki Cino (2Advanced V.4 vs. DJ Miki Cino)":, " vs. Rusty Designs ( vs. Rusty Designs)":, "2Advanced V.4 vs. Trac Racing (2Advanced V.4 vs. Trac Racing)":


* "Bollycat (Bollycat)": - A catalog of plagiarism and forgotten inspirations in the Indian movie industry
* "2Advanced (2Advanced)":
* 2Advanced article on "Website Copyright Basics (Website Copyright Basics)":
* "2Advanced V.2 (2Advanced V.2)":
* "2Advanced V.3 (2Advanced V.3)":
* "2Advanced V.4 (2Advanced V.4)":