(The below post is based on a tip from Satya, a regular reader of the SearchIndia.com blog. Thanks.)
The thieving scumbags of the Tamil movie industry have done it again – they have stolen a nice Hollywood movie called Judgment Night (1993, Director: Stephen Hopkins), made a few cosmetic changes and called it Saroja.
First we watched Saroja.
Then we got the DVD of Judgment Night from Netflix and watched it.
Now, there’s not a shred of doubt in our minds that Saroja is nothing but an outright theft of Judgment Night.
The stories are very similar – four friends are off to watch a sporting event, take a wrong turn on the highway, witness a murder by a bunch of criminals, get chased by the gang of vicious killers and finally manage to escape after killing the bad guys.
Looking for similarities between the two movies? There are plenty…Here you go:
* In both movies, four friends set off in an RV (called caravan in India) to watch a game. In Judgment Night it’s a boxing bout…in Saroja, the friends are off to see a cricket match.
* In both movies, out of the four friends two are brothers.
* In both movies, one of the friends is married and has a daughter.
* In both movies, the RV/Caravan gets stuck in traffic on the highway.
* In both movies, the friends reverse the RV/Caravan and try to take a short-cut that leads them into deadly trouble.
* In both movies, the RV/Caravan hits a man forcing them to stop and take the injured man inside.
* In both movies, the injured man is found to have been already shot by someone else.
* In both movies, the RV/Caravan is side-swiped by a car immobilizing it.
* In both movies, the injured man is shot dead by the gang of criminals.
* In both movies, the criminals try to kill the young friends because they are witness to the murder of the injured man.
* In both movies, there’s a long cat and mouse game in the dark in which the friends kill the bad guys one by one.
One of the friends is killed in Judgment Night and in Saroja there’s the kidnapping angle.
But the crux of the story is on trying to kill the friends in the dark of the night and how they manage to escape.
Judgment Night is a much, much better movie in terms of execution and performance by the lead actors compared to Saroja.
There are some nice lines too in Judgment Night:
One of the criminals tells the friends hiding in fear in a rail wagon – What’s that? You guys wearing cologne or is that fear.
In another instance, in a run-down apartment complex where the friends are hiding and waiting for the cops to arrive one lady tells them: Down here, people die of old age waiting for the cops.
Venkat Prabhu – Lying Swine
Saroja director Venkat Prabhu has a new name Thirutu Nai (stealing mongrel) for stealing an Hollywood movie outright and pretending that it’s original.
In an interview, this thieving director Venkat Prabhu said:
Saroja vakku endha Hollywood padathaku endhamaadari sambandam kadayadhu. Adha thaan unmayana vishayam….namma panna kadhe thaa (There’s no connection of any kind between Saroja and any Hollywood movie. That’s the absolute truth….This is our original story)
Not only has this lying swine stolen the story from Judgment Night, he tries the slimy trick of introducing a red herring in interviews by claiming to have been inspired by Babel.
You don’t have to take our word for Venkat Prabhu’s thieving nature.
If you live in the U.S., you can easily borrow Judgment Night from Netflix or Blockbuster and decide for yourself.