Prabhas Starrer Saaho Accused of Plagiarism by Fans of French Movie Largo Winch!

Prabhas Starrer Saaho Accused of Plagiarism by Fans of French Movie Largo Winch!

Prabhas starrer Saaho has been accused of plagiarism by Largo Winch fans. Here’s how the French film’s director Jerome Salle reacted.

Prabhas starrer Saaho has been performing incredibly well at the global box office since its release on Friday, 30th August. However, the action-thriller film has received many negative reviews and has also been accused of plagiarism several times. The latest allegation has been levelled by fans of the 2008 French movie Largo Winch, which follows the story of the secret son of a murdered billionaire, trying to prove his legitimacy. The movie’s fans tweeted to filmmaker Jerome Salle, highlighting the similarities between the two films. A Twitter user wrote to Jerome, “Buddy another day and another free make of your Largo Winch movie in India.”

In response, the director said, “I think I have a promising career in India.” He also added, “It seems this second ‘freemake’ of Largo Winch is as bad as the first one. So please Telugu directors, if you steal my work, at least do it properly? And as my ‘Indian career’ tweet was of course ironic, I’m sorry but I’m not gonna be able to help.”

Jerome had previously accused another Telugu filmmaker, Trivikram Srinivas of stealing his work in the film Agnyaathavaasi. This is also not the first instance where Saaho has been accused of stealing content. The film’s first poster was said to be inspired by  Ryan Gosling’s Blade Runner 2049 while another poster was allegedly ripped off from Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege video game. The makers were also accused of copying the CGI environment in the song Baby Won't You Tell Me from the Burning Man installation by artist Shilo Shiv Suleman. However, despite these accusations, low ratings and poor reviews, Saaho made more than INR 200 crore within two days of its release and continues to stay strong at the box office, and is soon expected to cross the INR 300 crore mark.


By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.