Plagiarism by filmmakers is not a new phenomenon but when it comes to tarnish the image of your prospective costly project, the problems may then arise.
Similar instance occurred to a seasoned Indian filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma. On November 7, Varma announced his first international project: Nuclear.
Varma, who is notorious for being belligerent on social media, has made a career out of making films on about the dark, underbelly of politics and gang-wars.
The 54-year-old filmmaker took to Twitter to announce this Rs 340 crore project that would be shot in America, China, Russia, Yemen and of course, India. The film deals with global terrorism.
“I have been an avid and voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction but never in my life until now, have I come across a subject matter like Nuclear. Yes it’s going to be much more costlier than the most expensive film ever made in India and the reason for that is because the subject matter truly demands that it is filmed on a scale never before seen,” said Varma on his website.
The poster features Mumbai burning in a nuclear explosion with a mushroom cloud rising above it. The people witnessing it from a distance (villagers by the looks of it) are running away in fear. Varma does paint a pretty ominous picture.
RGV’s new movie poster (uploaded today) vs a PS3 ad (2007)
— Jugal (@joogasama) November 7, 2016
A closer look at the poster reveals what exactly has been plagiarised. If one observes the mushroom cloud, they would be able to see a face of a clown emerging out of the texture of the smoke. And THAT is exactly what the filmmaker has stolen.
What is more likely that the people who designed the poster did not expect anyone to be that observant; or that they were too cheap to buy a good stock photo off of the many image subscription websites available and picked up the first high resolution photo they found on Google.
This is not even the first time something was plagiarised in a Ram Gopal Varma movie. The main musical theme of Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne – a third person shooter game of cult popularity – was copied note for note and presented as the “original” soundtrack in Ram Gopal Varma’s 2013 ducudrama The Attacks of 26/11.
Here are some of the famous plagiarised posters by Indian film makers