PLAYERS: One more film inspired from Hollywood

Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bobby Deol, Omi Vaidya, Sikander Kher in Players
Enkayaar By Enkayaar | 06 Jan 2012 11:28:32 IST

PLAYERS starring Abhishek Bachchan, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sonam Kapoor and Bipasha Basu have hit the screen and it is a slick action film based on smuggling, theft etc. The theme in itself is a heady concoction that provides ample scope for action. The USP for PLAYERS is that the leading female stars, both Sonam Kapoor and Bipasha Basu have thrown all the caution to the winds and have performed various death defying stunts that should indeed earn accolades from the audience.
It however needs to be emphasized that action films that Hindi filmmakers make, continue to get inspired from their illustrious brothers from Hollywood and different parts of the world, and PLAYERS is no exception as it is inspired from THE ITALIAN JOB

There is always a perception about such ''inspired'' movies that Indian filmmakers take the easy way out of copying rather than working on the script. One can have a contrarian view about it, if we go deep into history. In the past the works of creation were never a signature statement, but there was a view that let the work speak about itself on its merit. From that perspective if a film, even though it might have been ''inspired'', clicks with the audience and at the end of the day this is what business of film making aspires about. 

This being the premise, on the eve of PLAYERS lets go down the memory lane and bring into relief few such films, though the numbers are large to buttress the point.

This super hit movie is based on the classic THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN but SHOLAY happened to be one of the cult films of India. The cult status was acquired owing to the fact that it was adapted to Indian setting and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is a film that has been made all around the world by filmmakers, and it is a tribute to the genius of the director John Sturges, though never acknowledged on record. In fact KHOTTE SIKKE also had the same theme directed by Narinder Bedi, it was a sheer chance that SHOLAY released earlier than KHOTTE SIKKE though it was more inspired from THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, while SHOLAY had been inspired from few more films other than THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.

This Aamir Khan Productions' venture is again a classic film that has made waves. Anusha Rizvi had the courage to take cudgels with the producer Aamir Khan and incidentally it was also inspired from INVITATION TO A SUICIDE, the difference being that PEEPLI LIVE was tempered to the Indian sensibilities, satire and nuances and therefore it enthralled the audience. Moot point is how many of us would have even heard about INVITATION TO SUICIDE, what to talk of having seen it?

The film was released in the early eighties and is considered as one of the biggest laugh riot that has been produced by the world of Hindi cinema. Raj N. Sippy could never attain the same success with his subsequent films. Interestingly enough, when the Indian viewer was exposed to international cinema through satellite broadcasting, they found out that SATTE PE SATTA was adopted from SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS. But it has not deterred the makers of SATTE PE SATTA as a modern adoption of the same is already on.

The Yash Chopra mega starrer's opening sequence was copied from the climax of THE BROKEN ARROW, i.e. the whole sequence of the train robbery set in the desert in DHOOM was copied from THE BROKEN ARROW, but it is only the fans of BROKEN ARROW who can discern the climax, for all else it was sheer elixir moment.

The film PYAAR TO HONA HI THA which is said to have flickered romance between Ajay Devgn and Kajol when it was shot in Punjab, is again an inspiration from THE FRENCH KISS. But the sheer ingenuity of changing the setting to rural Punjab made it an Indian film. Besides, THE FRENCH KISS would not have been heard by average film viewer at all.

The oil fighting scene in the opening of DABANNG which set the tone for the film was inspired from TRANSPORTER-2, the quotient of differentiation being the humor added to the sequence which was not there in TRANSPORTER-2. 

The list can go on and on, but to illustrate the point here are some of the films that were supports the idea of the story. PAAP has been copied from WITNESS, ZEHER has been copied from OUT OF TIME, PHIR HERA PHERI is copied from LOCK, STOCK and TWO SMOKING BARRELS, HEYY BABYY from THREE MEN AND A BABY, KOI... MIL GAYA copied from E.T., MAIN AISA HI HOON copied FROM I AM SAM, AGNEEPATH from SCARFACE, DHAMAAL copied from RAT RACE, BLACK copied from THE MIRACLE WORKER, ROAD copied from THE HITCHER, SALAAM NAMASTE copied from NINE MONTHS (1995), YAARANA copied from SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY (1991), MURDER copied from UNFAITHFUL (2002) etc. 

The moot point seems to be that it is the process patent that the Indian film makers rely on when they seek inspiration and the process is tempered with Indian realities. Therefore the original filmmakers are not able to complain as the product has not been copied but the process of making the product has been copied.