Nani’s Film Gang Leader, a Copy of a Korean Film?

Nani’s Film Gang Leader, a Copy of a Korean Film?

Alert cinema goers have claimed that the new film is nothing but a copy. Is it Saaho revisited?

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?

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