Bollywood leverages Facebook to audition & involve eager movie enthusiasts

New Star of India

On the set of the movie “New Star of India”.

An interesting development in Bollywood – use of Facebook to approach the common public and involved them in movie making.

Nissan created the ‘New Star of India’, a Bollywood movie auditioned on Facebook. It seems, quite a lot of people auditioned for an opportunity to act alongside the Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor. From well over 2500 hopefuls, 20 were chosen to be in the movie.

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

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.

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Amu

AmuSeen in the picture is “Amu” director Shonali Bose (right) at Fame Adlabs, Andheri, Mumbai (INDIA) after her movie on a Sunday evening, interacting with the audience. It is not always everyday that you watched a movie and realized that most of the crew is sitting around you watching the same with you.

I am not really a big fan of Hindi movies popularly known as the Bollywood movies in India; I can still count the number (less than 10 at the time of writing this article) of Hindi movies that I have watched in theatres in my whole tenure in Mumbai. More because of the fact that what I see on the streets, social gatherings, mall etcetera looks very much the same as what happens in the movies. This movie was one of those far and in between Hindi movies that I watch and liked it for its different approach of treatment of the whole subject.

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