Saaho Producers on Plagiarism Row: They Didn’t Know it Was Copied!
Saaho came under accusations of plagiarism after Largo Winch director Jerome Salle pointed out on Twitter that the film was a rip off of his 2008 hit.
After being accused of stealing poster designs and the props and set design for a song, Prabhas’ Saaho now stands accused of an even more serious aberration. The plot of Saaho seems heavily influenced by the 2008 French action drama Largo Winch. The fact was first pointed out on Twitter by perceptive audience members. Then it was the turn of the Largo Winch director Jerome Salle to make a sarcastic comment on Saaho’s lack of originality. Salle tweeted, "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?”
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?— Jérôme Salle (@Jerome_Salle) September 1, 2019
And as my "Indian career" tweet was of course ironic, I'm sorry but I'm not gonna be able to help. https://t.co/DWpQJ8Vyi0
It may be recalled that prior to Saaho, another Telugu film Trivikram's Agnyathavaasi was also ripped off from the same French film. It defies all logic why a second Telugu film would seek inspiration from the same French film when Agnyathavaasi had bombed so badly.
Apparently the producers of Saaho had no clue about writer-director Sujeeth’s source of inspiration. Says a source, “Are the producers mad to do a film on a subject that had already flopped? Sujeeth (the writer, director) kept the producers in the dark about the source of his inspiration. It’s only now that they’ve come to know about Saaho’s smilarities with Agnyathavaasi and Largo Winch.”
Luckily for the Saaho producers Jerome Salle has not threatened to take legal action. At least not yet. Who knows about tomorrow?