Bollywood: Better Adaptations

Copying Western films and adapting them to suit the Indian mindset is not new. Three relatively recent films Salaam Namaste (Hugh Grant’s Nine Months), Zinda (Korean film Oldboy) and Taxi 9211 (Changing Lanes) are a few examples of “shameless” Bollywood copies. Interestingly, of these Zinda and Taxi No 9211 appear to be better than the originals. Salaam Namaste was a huge stretch for the Indian audience. So the film makers based the film in Australia and added the usual Indian masala resulting in a film far inferior to the original. Zinda (starring Sanjay Dutt) and Taxi 9211 (starring John Abraham, Nana Patekar) on the other hand are far more watchable.

Author: Pran Kurup

Pran Kurup is founder and CEO of Vitalect, Inc.