Saturday, August 27, 2005
Plagiarism in Tamil Cinema
Tamil Cinema is doing a great service to the people these days. If there is a movie which is good or atleast a hit elsewhere you can be rest assured our directors will copy that in no time!! Most of the movies made in Tamil these days are either remakes or shameless copies. Its as if the entire industry has lost its brains altogether. Here's a recent list of copycats/remakes. Gajini/Memento, Ah..Aah/Eternal Sunshine..., Chandramukhi, Maja, most movies starring Vijay or newcomers Ravi, Ravikrishna etc. How can one explain Tamil industry borrowing from the Telugu industry which has a reputation for making only third rate movies. Add to this the near total absence of Tamil actresses in Tamil movies. Less we talk about the Music the better. There are some music directors who I'm sure have never composed a tune of their own!! Then there are others like Harris Jeyaraj whose talent is so limited that you can easily predict what he will compose in the next movie. What about the director S J Surya? Police are after him for making semi-porno movies! He seems to have developed a great strategy. Grab a better made Hollywood movie, add as much sleaze as possible and now we have a hit! With such credentials, he had the gal to insist naming his movies in English. Then there is Shankar who has made as many as four movies with a single story line. His most recent pathetic movie Anniyan is the latest blockbuster!! So much for the taste of the Tamils. Even people of some credence like Maniratnam and Kamal have a long history of Plagiarism. Its depressing to think how so many people can come up with so little. So next time when you see a better made Tamil movie, don't forget to find the movie it was stolen from!