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Sunday, October 10, 2004

Original + something = something non original
The latest song to excite me is a number called Sun Suniyo from the upcoming ensemble thriller Musafir. Now the media claims and the previews confirm that the film is a re-hash of Scorcese's U-Turn (a movie that I loved). Now the interesting thing is that the original spent 2 mins dealing the character of the gangster Sean Penn was running away from while in the Hindi version, Sanjay Dutt playing the character of the gangster is probably the most important character in the flick. This makes me think of some amusing modifications they've made when ripping English films in Hindi:

1. Deewangee (copied from Primal Fear and Cape fear): The movie is originally lifted from the Gere+Norton thriller but consumes the original plot by half time (actually the shocking finale of the original "is the half time" of the latter). In order to stretch the movie to three hrs the makers then resort to using Cape Fear for the second half and the end result is a total hoch poch.

2. Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin ("inspired" by Analyze this). Now the original just dealt with a bickering De Niro and Billy Crystal. The Hindi re-hash introduces two additional key characters - the psychologist's (Amitabh) sister (Aishwarya) and her lover (Ajay Devgan) and introduces a love triangle between the lovers and Sanjay Dutt.

3. Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (My Best Friend's Wedding): Had to end with my favorite one. In this one they change the sexes of the characters. I had to stretch my imagination to its limit to imagine Uday Chopra as the scheming but sweet Julia Roberts (Jimmy Shergil was Cameron Diaz, if that makes you feel any better). Also the ending is the opposite of the original.

Other movies come to mind that made amusing changes to their originals - Mujhse Shaadi Karogey (Anger Management), Aan (Untouchables) etc. - but have written enuff to bore ppl and myself for now.

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