The highest budget film on Indian Box Office, Saaho, is setting the cinemas on fire even after getting underrated reviews from the critics. Made on an expense of 350 crores, the film crossed 200 crores worldwide within two days of its release and is expected to enter the line of profit within the next two days. However, there have been reports suggesting Saaho’s Plagiarism of theme from Jerome Salle’s Hollywood flick Largo Winch.
Is it shocking? Well, most Indian movies are copies of some or the other Hollywood or Bollywood flick. So Saaho’s plagiarism is not a shocker to Prabhas’ fans.
Though some appreciators of art took to Twitter to accuse Saaho’s plagiarism calling Jerome Salle the real ‘Guruji’. The detractors wrote “@Jerome_Salle Buddy another day and another free make of your Largo winch movie in India #Saaho.
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. https://t.co/DWpQJ8Vyi0
— Jérôme Salle (@Jerome_Salle) September 1, 2019
Noting Salle’s reaction, it is quite clear that Indian cinema is considered clichéd in Hollywood for its plagiarism. He wrote “I think I have a promising career in India. (sic)”. However, this is not the first time when Jerome is accusing Indian producers. Earlier, he accused Trivikram Srinivas of releasing a free make of Largo Winch, Agnyaathavaasi. Despite Jerome’s repeated attempts, the makers did not respond to his allegations.
I think I have a promising career in India. https://t.co/XAiERdgUCF
— Jérôme Salle (@Jerome_Salle) August 30, 2019
Jerome’s disappointment with the Indian directors on the issue of Saaho’s plagiarism made him say much more in his fury as he wrote: “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. (sic)”.
The makers are yet to respond to the accusations of Saaho’s Plagiarism.
This is not the first allegation on Saaho. Considering plagiarism, it seems that Saaho is a collection of different artworks. Earlier, the makers faced a heated argument on Saaho’s plagiarism of its poster. A Bengaluru-based artistShilo Shiv Suleman accused Saaho of plagiarizing his artwork in its poster. He took to Instagram to bring out the similarities of the poster with his work named Pulse and Bloom.
He wrote “Where does inspiration come from? What (sacred) wells do we drink from when we create from an original and authentic space?
This week people from across the world gather back together in that dust @burningman and I am reminded of how much of my creation comes from my (beating) heart. Pulse and bloom is a biofeedback installation that reacts to people’s heartbeats, and it came to exist because of a series of personal relationships.
It was born from love (like me). We had support from @burningman but we also pulled out of our own pockets to make it manifest. I left my home for the first time, moved to another country, went out into that desert. It cost me a heart.
It was a gift, and a sacrifice for all of us involved, and changed the paths of all our lifelines. I’m quite certain it was intended for me to create this installation. I’m certain that the sand storms, the dust, the rose-pink clouds, the thunderstorms gathered around it intentionally, for me.
What happens when that story gets taken without your permission? I am known by my creation.#pulseandbloom. (sic)”
Saaho’s plagiarism points towards the lack of creativity in the Indian Film industry. We cannot say if the scenario will change or the Indian producers will continue to embarrass us.