After the Saaho plagiarism scandal wherein a French filmmaker claimed the Telugu film was ripped off from his film, there is a whole ‘borrowed’ buzz swarming around the new Nani starrer Gang Leader which opens on September 13.
Alert elements from the movie-going tribe are crying foul. They accuse Gang Leader of being a rip-off of the Korean film Girl Scouts. Sure enough, there seem to be some striking similarities between the Korean film and the new Telugu film. They both portray the revenge of a girl gang comprising women from different generations, as masterminded by, who else, the ‘Natural Star’ Nani.
But naturally! No matter how much Indian cinema attempts to empower women characters, they still need a man to bail them out of distress whether it is Ajith in the recent Tamil hit Nerkonda Paarvai or now Nani in Gang Leader.
Interestingly, the Ajith starrer was a remake of the Hindi hit Pink. And now Gang Leader after Saaho, looks highly inspired from foreign sources. Has South Indian cinema temporarily run out of original ideas? Bollywood seems to have temporarily abandoned South remakes. After Karan Johar’s decision to push aside the Dear Comrade remake we now hear Nani’s previous hit Jersey which was all set to be remade into Hindi with Shahid Kapoor in the lead, is now on the backburner.
A well-known producer from Mumbai who has bought several remake rights of Telugu-Tamil films over the years, says it’s time to get discreet about buying remake rights. “Tomorrow, if a French or a Korean filmmaker comes forward to claim the plot is lifted from his work, what do I do?”
Is Tollywood listening?