February 03, 2006


Remember EK AJNABEE? The MAN ON FIRE remake from Bollywood that just came out at the end of last year? Well, now the producer, Bunty Walia, has received a letter from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the US asking for a script of the movie so they can add it to their collection.

Director Apoorva Lakhia is ecstatic and Bunty Walia says:

"After all the backlash we got for 'Ek Ajnabee' being plagiarised... this honour. I believe only three other films - Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Swades', Nikhil Advani's 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' and Leena Yadav's 'Shabd' have been honoured in this way. I am quite flattered."

Yes, well, I predict you're about to get quite sued. The first step in a lawsuit for copyright violation would be to get a copy of the screenplay in question and once the Academy has a copy in their library all kinds of eager lawyers will be able to check it out.

If 2006 ends without any word of a Bollywood producer being taken to court by someone in Hollywood for copyright violation then I'll eat my hat (I have three to choose from - I reserve the right to select the sauce).

February 3, 2006 at 09:26 AM in News | Permalink


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