A.R. Murugadoss defends plagiarism

Director A.R. Murugadoss has defended plagiarizing scripts and film posters from (Hollywood) films which inspire him. The director, who is waiting with crossed fingers the fate of his upcoming film, the Vijay-Kajal Aggarwal starrer Thuppakki, was speaking to newsmen in Hyderabad recently when he made those remarks. ARM’s films in the past have been littered with ‘inspired’ sequences.

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After his debut film, the Ajith-starrer Dheena, ARM has cultivated the habit of lifting sequences from other films and making them look as if they were the figment of his own imagination. His next venture, the Vijayakanth-starrer Ramana appeared all too original to many but a closer look reveals that it was ‘inspired’ by a Hollywood film wherein students trained by a professor took to terrorism. ARM had aptly changed the script to deal with ‘anti-corruption’ in Ramana.

Suriya-Asin’s Ghajini, which was later remade by ARM himself in Hindi starring Aamir Khan, was the next film from ARM factory which was ‘heavily inspired’ by the Hollywood flick Memento. Even the promotional posters of the film, wherein Suriya and Aamir had their entire body tattooed, were just the ‘xerox’ copy of what the hero did in the English version. The pacy script, however, hid ARM’s plagiaristic acts.

ARM then made Suriya’s 7am Arivu which was hyped like never before but later turned out to be a ‘mix’ of the many Chinese and Hollywood films. Though the film had a decent run at the box-office, the industry began taking note of ARM’s ‘lifting’. For Thuppakki, the promotional poster depicting Vijay and Kajal is a direct ‘life’ from a similar photograph showing the lead pair in the Hollywood movie An Officer And A Gentleman.

However, ARM doesn’t seem to be regretting all his acts. “It doesn’t matter as to which film I was inspired from in shooting the still (what matters, then?). The fact is that I was deeply inspired by the photo which remained etched in the corner of my mind all these years and I could give it a proper version only now. It happens thorough out the world and it’s the media which blows these things out of proportions!” was his reply.

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