Remakes, Adaptations, and Straight Lifts in Bollywood: A Podcast

The crew over at Upodcasting was gracious in inviting me to participate in a discussion in which bloggers Filmi Girl, Rum, and I, along with our host Asim, discussed remakes, adaptations, and straight lifts in Hindi cinema.

We discuss why films in each category are prominent, what makes them alluring to filmmakers, and what role audiences play. We discuss any cases in which they could be justified. We also delve into topics such as preferential treatment when forming perceptions of the filmmakers and/or cast involved.

It's an interesting topic made exciting because of Bollywood dynamics. So head on over to this Upodcasting link, where our episode -- It's a CAAAAPY, Yaar! -- is available for you to listen to or download! There's plenty more over at the portal for us all to enjoy.

The Upodcast, which is not limited to discussions and commentary on Hindi film alone, is also available on iTunes


maxqnz said...

I'm really pleased I overcame my dislike of podcasts and listened to y'all. It was an interesting discussion, and I especially liked a lot of what you had to say about how much of the animus could be averted if filmi producers simply acknowledged their sources. Thanks again!

theBollywoodFan said...

Thank you for listening, Max! Glad you agree. It doesn't sound complex at all at the surface, does it? Surely, if the royalties are an issue, then the 'inspiration' needs to come from elsewhere.

I find podcasts offer a welcome channel to stay current especially while traveling and commuting (or simply catching up to favorite radio shows, 'on demand', as they say). I'd encourage you to check out the very many podcasts out there on about every subject imaginable. They're fun when treated as variants of radio shows. (Assuming you like radio.)


Yunus Perveez said...

Thanks so much for being part of the podcast family. It was great to have you on and hope we can do it again some time soon!

It was great fun!


theBollywoodFan said...

Thank *you* Asim. This was definitely a lot of fun, thanks for extending the invite to be a part of the podcast family. :) Will look forward to them! Cheers.

bollywoodfanmia (via Twitter) said...

That was a lot of fun! I learned a lot and I was cracking up in my cubicle, good job!!

amaluu (via Twitter) said...

After your podcast, I'm dying to re-watch JJWS. I LOVE THAT MOVIE! Model! Model! Model!

theBollywoodFan said...

Bollywoodfanmia: Happy to be part of a team that could provide some entertainment. Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for listening. :)

Amaluu: Thank you, and me too! JJWS, more than any movie at the time, was the reason I became a fan of Aamir's films. Just great. And yes...Model! Model! Model!

Kristine said...

Just listened to your podcast (yes, all of it) :-) Very interesting. And you are right with those "film experts" who know of which film a movie is a copy even before the movie is released. And not much better those people who read something like "This movie is a copy of xyz...", themselves don't have a clue about anything, but spread the word.

I didn't like the sort of excuse for not crediting, that possible shares they have to pay do not reach the author but the huge hollywood production houses that are rich enough... Copying without permission or giving credit is wrong. And there is absolutely no excuse for doing it. And worse. Indian filmmakers one one hand complain about piracy and do campains against it and on the other, pirating themselves...(and I'm not talking about Shakespear or other literature adaptations). I guess one reason for the copying or adaptation of (mostly) old Hollywood movies is, that (almost) no one in India has seen them anyway. So a comparison is almost impossible. Or can anyone tell me how many viewers in indian cinemas Roman Holiday had? ;-)

The question is: Are there no good writers in India? Amongst those huge population there is no talent? I doubt that. But it seems to be very hard, to get through with your script... See Ashutosh Gowariker with Lagaan or in recent times Ms. Rizwi with Peepli Live. They ran from a to z before they found a producer and waited years for their visions to come to life.