Southern loudmouth Ram Gopal Varma thinks stealing from Hollywood movies and then boasting about it is a badge of honor.
Here’s the chutia RGV in his own words:
When I made Sarkar….I copied scenes from Godfather. I copied lines from Godfather. I copied character traits from Godfather. Probably that I’ve did it [sic] including if the shot is inspired or copied from Paranormal Activity even in Bhoot Returns.
– Trash film peddler Ram Gopal Varma
Source: Bollywood Hungama interview with RGV
The context for RGV’s braggadocio was during an interview with Bollywood Hungama to promote his upcoming release Bhoot Returns when the host asked RGV about Barfi expropriating scenes from several Hollywood, Japanese and Korean films.
Describing Sarkar as his acknowledged tribute to Godfather, RGV says talk of Indian directors ripping off scenes from Hollywood films is a subject not worth serious consideration.
“Because eventually at the end of the day everything anybody does is coming from some source. It could be a film, it could be a novel or it could be something someone said. It could be something someone read or whatever.”
What an effete defense from a movie-maker without a single creative cell in his body.
RGV also seems to be hinting in the interview that acknowledging the inspiration as with Godfather or Paranormal Activity is enough if there is copying.
Ha ha ha.
Obviously, notions of creativity and originality are completely alien to this gaandu a.k.a. RGV.
Boy, I am thrilled beyond words that RGV’s films are kissing the dust these days and nobody gives a flying f*ck for this jackass any longer.
Watched Barfi today. Liked it.
But what actually took me by surprise was the performance of Ranbir Kapoor….I always knew that he was a good actor, but his performance in Barfi goes on to prove that he is the best performer amongst the ‘superstars'(not considering the likes of Naseeruddin Shah and Irrfan Khan) in Bollywood.
I dont think even Hrithik Roshan (whom I considered the best in the acting department till now) would match up to Ranbir Kapoor.
The best thing about Ranbir is that when he performs, we dont get to see the effort behind it unlike others.
He is so natural.
Not to forget, the guy is just 9 movies old.
Btw, have you noticed another important thing? He looks a lot like how Mr. Robert De Niro used to look in his younger days (stressing the point- only in look).
Just watch any scene from the popular movie ‘Taxi Driver’. You’ll agree.
1. You write: Watched Barfi today. Liked it.
I bet you also liked the scene-by-scene stealing since you make no mention of the sordid act.
Disgusting, how can you not mention the multiple scenes lifted. 🙁
Govt of India must withdraw Barfi from the Oscar race.
2. Watched Taxi Driver several years back…hard to recollect the details.
Maybe, it’s time to revisit the movie.
Offtopic: Suddenly having so much love on srilankan cricket team as they beat porkistan and reached finals of t20 world cup,hurray
Porkistan or Terroristan are the right terms for Pakistan.
I apologise for not mentioning that.
Actually my intention was to mention Ranbir’s performance.
There are countless no: of scenes which are copied, esply from Chaplin movies. And that scene where Ileana’s Mom talking about her ex-lover is a straight lift from the Ryan Reynolds starrer ‘The Notebook’. Even the dialogues in both the scenes are same.
Sorry ‘The Notebook’ starred Ryan Gosling, not Reynolds
So this is not the first time a Hindi movie is being copied from ‘The Notebook’.
Everyone in the Indian film industry, even the imbecilic morons like Murgodoss who lifts stuff up is no match to the ass clown Preetam who copied ‘Teri Meri’ from a six year old Romanian kid (Cleopatra Stratan).
I’ve made an oath not to watch any movies tagged with the name ‘Preetam’.
What do you say?
1. I like the original, an old Romanian carol, better.
Given that our chutia moviegoers have absolutely no class, no exposure and no taste, they deserve the stolen Bollywood songs and the heinous Bollywood murderers.
2. Thievery is part and parcel of Bollywood movies and the accompanying music business.
Back in 1980, Bappi Lahiri brazenly stole One Way Ticket (Eruption) for ‘his’ Hari Om Hari – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCZ5u7KS4eU
More examples of stealing by Bollywood – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9s-EP3oWJQ&feature=related
The Indian soul is rotten to the core.
Mera Bharat will never be Mahaan.
Speaking of plagiarism in b/t/kollywood music, check out http://www.itwofs.com/
You’d be surprised to see how much lifting is going on.
I’ve seen the site earlier.
Someone provided a link in a comment a couple of years back.
I’m surprised Hollywood/foreign studios and artists don’t sue the bejesus out of the Indian producers.
What does he mean at all???
1. Manju Borah, chairperson of Oscars committee, India, says: Had we selected any other film, we would have got the same response.
Of all the lame excuses I’ve heard in a long life this must count as one of the lamest that attempts to defend a rotten decision.
Bottom line, we have some of the dumbest bunch of jackasses in the Oscar Committee who wouldn’t be able to find their dicks with a human body atlas, two hands and a floodlight.
They made an egregious blunder and instead of fixing the mistake by withdrawing Barfi from the nomination they’re stubbornly defending their bad decision.
Manju Borah does not even care to address the well documented multiple scene-by-scene copying from so many films.
BTW, even the HT interviewer is a pussy by saying ‘apparently copied’ and not persisting with the questions.
It’s like RGV recently boasting about copying from Godfather when the interviewer mentions his ‘original’ approach to film-making. But the interviewer completely misses the opportunity to nail RGV.
Makes no sense, but then few things do in Mera Bharat Mahaan.
2. In my not-so-humble view, the only way to fix this rampant theft by the Indian film industry is by using the film certification process.
When producers submit a film to the Censor Board for certification they must also provide a declaration that it’s an original work or official remake (like Karan Johar’s We are Family, an authorized remake of Stepmom). Post release, if evidence surfaces that the film is stolen the producer must be held accountable by imposing hefty fines. Thanks to YouTube, it’s not hard to find video evidence these days.
Given Indian ingenuity at perverting all good moves, this too won’t be a perfect solution. But at least a step in the right direction.
I think RGV is one of the biggest assholes in [Deleted] and reel life. This guy had no pretensions and is arrogant and stupid to the core.
There used to be a time when he was known to make offbeat movies like Sathya, but he has slowly degraded from “One of those good directors” to “Oh my god- It’s Ram Gopal Varma – Director of AAG”.
Btw, I don’t know if RGV ever thought of the possibility that he may get sued in US court by producers/directors of the classic films from which he claims to have stolen scenes.
I just don’t understand why Hollywood Directors never threaten to sue Indian producers and directors for scripts that are blatantly plagiarized. While I understand that it would take years for the Hollywood Producers to get justice in Indian Courts, but why can’t they do something different, say like, use Television as a medium to:
Derogate the Indian producers/directors, who stole from their scripts
Create a list of famous Hindi films that have been plagiarized and display them on news channels, along with the names of the Original Hollywood Movies (Source of Plagiarized Content)
Give an interview to BBC/CNN-IBN/ FOX NEWS or any damn media channel on how Indian Directors are the most shameless scums in the universe and play a few scenes from the Copy and the Original Films…..
Create a forum in Hollywood, which will discuss with the Indian Film Industry and demand the rightful money for “sharing their content/ideas/material”
Common… I expect more from Hollywood directors….
Imagine this scenario….. James Cameroon, director of famous films like the Terminator, Titanic, and Avatar, decides to watch a Bollywood film one day, just for the heck of it. Since James has no idea about Indian heroes, he chooses to go with one of Shah Rukh Khan films as he is the most popular actor. Therefore, he chooses to watch RA-ONE.
One hour into the movie, Cameroon spits out his tea at the disgusting screenplay of RA-ONE. Why the hell is this lead role acting so cheesy…. What’s so funny with this accent… And is that character PRATEKH a girl or boy… Cameroon mumbles to himself.
Then, he realizes that some of the scenes resemble TRON and TRON Legacy. THen, he is shocked to see the scene in which RA ONE assembles himself after getting disintergrated (Very similar to the manner in which the TX-1000 android in Terminator 2 morphs from the floor into a human form). Cameroon gets pissed off. He flips over some of the Bollywood DVDs and comes across Robot???? And after watching ROBOT….. he starts to *&()&*(&(&(&(&^(*&(*)(&^&^%&^$& himself.
The very next day, Cameroon calls the media and claims he is going to sue Khan and other Indian Directors for tons of plagiarism…… As usual, the Indian Directors refuse to bulge, but then thanks to the hungry media, Film experts across the globe tear the Plagiaristic directors into pieces….. Finally, Indian Government passes a stringent law announcing a hefty fine and jail sentence for Plagiarism 😉
Boy…… I wish this could just happen.
1. I agree, RGV has turned into a total buffoon. The big mystery is who finances this idiot’s movies?
2. One possible reason for Hollywood producers not suing thieving Indian film producers/directors/music directors etc is that they are all eying this big 1.2 billion market and don’t want to antagonize the key people in the business here.
The Los Angeles Times had a piece on declining movie attendance in the U.S. – Movie attendance falls to 16-year low. In India on the other hand, movie-going must surely be going up.
Second, the Indian judicial system is hopelessly cumbersome and it takes years for a case to come to trial and for a decision to be rendered.
3. Indian movie stars are not innocent and are a big part of this thieving racket. From Surya to Salman Khan to Amitabh Bachchan to Vikram to Sanjay Dutt to Anushka Shetty to Aishwarya Rai they’ve all richly profited from theft.
SI says: “The Los Angeles Times had a piece on declining movie attendance in the U.S. – Movie attendance falls to 16-year low. In India on the other hand, movie-going must surely be going up.”
That’s crazy, no idea why the Movie market in US is falling down, either it is because of Movie Rental services, which popularize the option of watching new movies at home or people have lost interest in Hollywood movies.
Having said that, I agree that Hollywood is definitely eyeing the Indian Market.
To put it simply, kids like me grew up watching Hollywood Science Fiction movies such as Terminator 2, Independence Day, Jurassic Park, the Lost World, and 2012 (well, make it a science-fiction cum disaster movie).
In Chennai, one of the main reason that Satyam Cinemas became the most popular Cineplex was due to the reason that it had shows for every Hollywood Blockbuster that had released in India (Both English and Dubbed Versions).
There have been some instances where some Hollywood movies have made it so large at the box office that the revenue rivalled that of Rajinikanth movies (folks, no matter what you opinion is, Rajinikanth=MASS= Tons of Money for producers).
To list a few examples:
Jurassic Park in 1993/94 ran for over a hundred days and beat the holy shit out of other regional movies that had been released along with it. I guess the Indian revenue made Steven Spielberg and his team laugh all the way to the bank.
Independence Day (1996 I think) was topping the charts in Chennai during its first 2 months of release. I think even small theaters such as CASINO allotted shows for this film.
Terminator 2 was a sensational hit. Titanic (1998) ran for over a year at the Woodlands (Thanks to the Painting scene ;))
Considering that Hollywood movies have done tremendously well even before the IT era, I think the Hollywood producers would think twice before suing their Indian counterparts.
But my question is how can the Indian Counterparts stop the success of Hollywood films….. Granted most of them are in positions of power, but I don’t think they can control demand for quality movies, especially science fiction.
1. Movie-going has fallen in the U.S. for several reasons – Crappy movies that focus on gimmickry than on solid drama, high ticket prices ($14 for the evening show + $8 popcorn + $6 soda), Rental services like Netflix, Redbox kiosks, Amazon, Apple etc, alternatives like Facebook, video-games etc.
An average American home today has instant, cheap legal online access to over 25,000 movies and TV shows directly to their big screen TV from just three sources – Netflix, Amazon and Apple.
2. Movie studios (including big ones like Universal, Spielberg’s studio etc) are not in good shape financially and struggling to raise money in the U.S.
They’re increasingly eying Asia (China, India, Singapore) to fund big budget movies. Anil Ambani has a deal with Spielberg’s studio.
3. Although Hollywood is a powerful force universally, India is one of the exceptions with a strong local film industry. The balance of power in India still lies with Indian producers vis-a-vis Hollywood studios/producers.
4. Given a choice between Salman Khan and a good Hollywood movie, a lot of Indians would pick Salman. Demand for quality films is still low in India.
While I agree with most of your points, I strongly disagree with this one:
“4. Given a choice between Salman Khan and a good Hollywood movie, a lot of Indians would pick Salman. Demand for quality films is still low in India.”
Granted that Sallu’s films have done exceptional business at the box office despite their trashy content, but when forced to chose between a Good Hollywood film (Depends on what your definition of “GOOD” is) and Salman Khan film, many people in India will go for the Hollywood one.
Please understand that not every Indian is a Sallu/Salman/Saif/Hrithik or any damn actor’s fan. Sallu is always lucky in the aspect that his films never clash with any Hollywood movies……. The last time I heard, Rajini’s Hindi version of ROBOT did more business than Dabangg at Mumbai’s multiplexes. If Rajini’s film or shankar’s film (Whichever way you consider it) can do more business, then assume what a high-quality hollywood film like the Dark Knight would have done if it had competed against a Sallu film…
Hollywood has fabulous expertise in technology, film-making, and acting. But to tell you frankly, these idiots are pathetic at marketing in Asian countries…… Many village or town people are not even aware of such movies…….If some crappy film distribution company like Thenandal films can buy the rights for movies like 2012 and Transformers: Revenge of the Film, release it in local towns and villages and make huge profits, why can’t Hollywood do it directly????
If you want profits, you gotta do hardwork boss. Hollywood needs to tie up with local film distributors and market their films, especially Action and Science Fiction. While they may have to compromise on the price a bit (Tickets cannot be overpriced, maybe between the range of 40-80 rupees per ticket), they will definitely make huge profits, despite DVD piracy.. Don;t believe me…. Check the box office collections for the film 2012 (Dubbed versions)in Andhra and Tamilnadu and you’ll know what I am saying.