Coupla days back, I wrote about 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.
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 today at the behest of our team. As soon as the movie’s part of the story-line cross that of 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 – a guy drags UI objects on a glass like thingy to manipulate commands (watch the 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 and V.4 interface; the funny part is that they have the 2Advanced Logo swiping-with-the-glossy-shiny thingy too. Unless 2Advanced was involved with the making of 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 reported few more on their rip-report – 2Advanced V.4 vs. DJ Miki Cino, 2Advanced.net vs. Rusty Designs, 2Advanced V.4 vs. Trac Racing.