Hollywood unhappy with Bollywood
Recently, Hollywood Studio (HS) and Twentieth Century Fox, (TCF)moved court against BR Films’ production, “Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai” which starred Govinda, Lara Dutta and Tabu. HS and TCF claimed that the Bollywood comedy was a “substantial reproduction” of its superhit movie, “My Cousin Vinny”, and that the two shared identical storylines. The film’s producer-director, Ravi Chopra, insisted that they had officially bought the rights to the Hollywood hit. Twentieth Century Fox argued that it had only agreed to the basic idea being reworked and not to a remake.
The studio pressed for damages to the tune of Rs 7 crore and a stay order on the film that was lining up for release. Eventually an amicable settlement was reached after BR Films payed $2,00,000 (a little less than Rs 1 crore). The film has still to make it to the theatres. Back in the 1970s, Twentieth Century Fox had pressed for damages against Shammi Kapoor’s “Manoranjan” that was seen to be a ‘copy’ of “Irma La Douce.”
A letter had also been sent to Prakash Mehra whose “Mr Shrimati” seemed an unauthorized copy of “Mrs Doubtfire” that was releasing around that same time. Interestingly, “Mrs Doubfire” was later reworked as “Chachi 420” by Kamal Haasan. Another studio, Columbia, had also sent a letter of protest to Mahesh Bhatt. The posters of his film “Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayi” were strikingly close to “Basic Instinct”.
According to sources, Will Smith had contemplated a $30 million suit against the Salman Khan-Govinda film “Partner” that was allegedly a ‘lift’ from his film, “Hitch”.
No doubt, Hollywood is angry with Bollywood!