Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yash Raj’s Film MARDAANI Under Fire Of Plagiarism

Rani Mukerji’s much acclaimed film, MARDAANI that is drawing wide acclaims across the nation for its bold presentation of human trafficking has come under the fire of being plagiarized of another Bollywood film released this year, CHILDREN OF WAR, which was earlier titled, THE BASTARD CHILD.

Mrityunjay Devvrat, who has directed the critically acclaimed film CHILDREN OF WAR has alleged that Yash Raj films has not just plagiarized certain scenes from his movie but the basic plot of human trafficking has been lifted from his movie CHILDREN OF WAR.

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It may be noted that CHILDREN OF WAR was recently released in May 2014 and won many critical acclaim for realistically exposing the rape and flesh trade of young Bangladeshi girls and women during the Bangladesh liberation war in 1970. The movie vividly depicted the barbarity and brutality of human trafficking and was conceived after a lot of research which included speaking to journalists, war veterans, refugees and friends, and acquiring and pouring over books that had been banned. The highpoint of the movie was it’s aesthetically presentation. 

Expressing his rage over his movie’s being copied, Mrityunjay Devvrat told media, “From the very fundamental concept of MARDAANI to umpteen scenes, the film director Pradeep Sarkar and producer Aditya Chopra have bluntly adapted my movie CHILDREN OF WAR.” 

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He added, “Regarding the concept I have no issues because human trafficking is common in India and many parts of the world however, what hurts me is that the director Pradeep Sarkar has coolly lifted scenes such as the one where women are hauled into a truck, segregated and then hosed down with a pipe bear striking resemblance with sequences from my film.” 

He added, “The highpoint of my movie was my extensive research and the barbaric and violent scenes of rape and human trafficking presented aesthetically. However it’s devastatingly that the very scenes which I have filmed so glaringly have been plagiarized.” 

“The tragic part is that new directors like me, who make small budget films, do not get the laurels. While big budget film makers like Yash Chopra who borrow our subject and shamelessly steal scenes and sequences win national and international acclaims,” he lamented!

It’s Raining Women-Centric Films In Bollywood

With the mega success of Ranj Mukerjee’s MARDANI, Vidya Balan’s THE DIRTY PICTURE, KAHAANI and Sridevi’s , ENGLISH VINGLISH doing not just roaring business at the box office but winning critical acclaim many more women centric movies are in pipeline. According to a trade analyst more recently, the tide seems to be turning in favour of films with women-oriented scripts gaining acceptance in the industry. In addition actresses too are more open to playing protagonists for a change.

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Among the movies that are ready to roll include Priyanka Chopra’s MARY KOM, Bipasha Basu’s CREATURE, Deepika Padukone’s FINDING FANNY and Sonam Kapoor’s KHOOBSURAT. With these movies it seems the golden era of the 50’s and 60’s is coming alive when actresses like Meena Kumar (PAKEEZA), Nargis (MOTHER INDIA), Nutan (SUJATA), Waheeda Rehman (GUIDE) etc. did women centric movies and won acclaim at par with the heroes. 

Applauding the success of women centric movies grabbing attention Girish Wankhede, Head Marketing, PVR Pictures in an interview candidly confessed, “Women centric movies is not a new phenomena. In the past there have been many movies like Hema Malini (SEETA AUR GEETA), Sridevi (CHALBAAZ) and Madhuri Dixit (BETA) etc. In fact each year there has been at least one film or more every year which used to be a hit due to a female protagonist in there.” 

He added, “Now in the new era, films like QUEEN show that actresses can drive a film if backed by great production house, good marketing and strong content. MARDAANI has been showing some strength and CREATURE should follow suit too.''

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Vidya Balan, who is known to do women centric films feels, “A good film will always do good business, irrespective of its theme. People react to human beings and their stories. The only criterion is how well a story is told. How else can you explain that GRAVITY bagged seven Oscars besides being the sixth highest grossing film of 2013?” 

Shabana Azmi, known for portraying strong women centric roles like ARTH, MANDI, ANKUR, GODMOTHER etc agrees with Vidya Balan, she said, “There is a misconception among filmmakers that only male oriented movies work at box office. However whenever a good women centric movie is made it has been appreciated. Vidya Balan’s women-centric films have had commercial success, and in the past too, films of Meena Kumari and Nutan were very successful. Who can forget women centric movies like Bandini, Seema, Sujata , Insaaf Ka Tarazu, Damini, Lajja… the list is long”