Monday, March 15, 2010

When BollyWOOD, NollyWOOD, GollyWOOD, and all the Woods copy HOLLYWOOD

Do other movie industries copy Hollywood when it comes to script of a movie - well ofcourse.
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Bollywood has been know for years to copy a lot of Hollywood movies to the T. Someone actually started a face book group listing all the Hollywood movies copied by Bollywood (they got assed out :lol:) http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=106464276401&topic=9759
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Nollywood, Gollywood has copied a few too including: Scarface, Save the Last Dance, The other Boleyn Girl, (i will list the other if i remember them)
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Notice Venus FIlms (Abdul Mumuni & Frank Arase) has copied several times already (not steal a scene here or there but straight up copy from beginning to end) - yep Venus and their reputation lacking originality in anything they do.:lol:
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I heard people complain that Shirley Frimpong Manso movie "Perfect Picture" or "Life and Living it" was a copy of Hollywood movie "The Brothers" - What is our definition of a copied movie anyway?. Mine is when its copied exactly from beginning to end - when there is nothing new from the original. Sometimes i overlook it - and thus why i did not complain too much about "Crime to Christ" cos Majid did bring that movie justice - but fact still remains it was copied from Scarface from beginning to end :lol:. Once in a while when its done and done right thats ok, but when one builds a reputation of always copying then thats a problem.
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We the audience do prefer originality more than anything else and ones work is respected more. Also in the US there are strict laws to protect the copyrights of these movies so i guess Bollywood or Nollywood can try and get away with copying - but someday am sure someone is not going to take it lightly. If you are going to copy the whole movie i think its just respect to ask permission I guess.
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Everyone including my self pointed out when MS Vivian 5 min scene from Silent Scandal seemed like a straight copy from Tyler Perrys "Daddys Lil Girl" - i noticed it too - but that did not overshadow the rest of the script - I am sure some Hollywoodians themselves have copied each other too. I mean i have seen movies like Parents Trap with Hayley Mills redone with Lynsey Lohan -but i imagine they at least bought the rights.
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Now since i am a movie addict i watch all movies from all walks of life Hollywood (except horrors or sci-fi), Bollywood, Nollywood (including subtitled Yoruba, Ibibio etc), African Francophone movie, and all types of movies - my favourite theme is traditional, suspense, romance or dramatic movies.
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My all time favourite is watching Hollywood old movies from the 50s and 60s (including black and white movies - particularly those staring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Hayley Mills etc) - and one that stands to be my one and only favourite is Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof".
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Excellent scripted movie by Tennesse WIlliams - it was adapted into a broadway stage play starring my one and only Sanaa Lathan as well as James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrence Howard etc - i never got to see it but i yearned to.
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For those in London - u might wanna go check it out cos i heard they are touring there until April 10th 2010 check it out here, http://www.catwestend.com/ or check it out the cast interview on youtube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkZLlkq6xCI - u still want to get the dvd though.(i see they replace Terrence with Adrian ??)
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Now this movie i will love to see a Nollywood adaptation of it starring Genevieve Nnaji and Majid/Ramsey Nouah - i mean i got all the cast written down and errthang :lol: . I even started a whole thread on it here http://myafricanmoviereviews.blogspot.com/2009/08/genny-ramsey-star-in-remake-of-cat-on.html
- Genevieve Nnaji as Maggie
- Ramsey Nouah or Majid as Brick
- Kofi Adjorlolo or Justise Esiri as Big Daddy
- Patience Ozorkwor as Big Mama
- Ini Edo or Uche Jumbo as Coopers Pregnant Bitchie Wife
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This is a movie i so respect and will wish some one in nollywood or gollywood simply ask for permission to redo it within our industry.
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If you havent watched this movie i urge u to purchase it somewhere and watch it - its a classic hollywood movie you want to keep on your shelve just as much as other greats such as Sound of Music, One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest etc.
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Since we talking bout movies and errthang - i need help in finding a title to a movie. This movie addiction thing started way back when we first got betamax back in ghana (if u know what betamax is then u definately oldschool). I use to watch all these movies nonstop - having 5 brothers "Scarface" was on rotation in my house. I loved the novels turned into movies too such as that by Sidney Sheldon or Jackie COllins, but there is this one particular movie i have been lookin for for ages and cant find the title cos i forgot - i will love whomever help me find this movie title so i can purchase off of amazon. Ok so the story line goes a man and a woman married, man starts to cheat on wife with friend, in order to get rid of wife to marry mistress, man takes wife to the lake to go fishing or whatever, pushes woman in an alligator infested lake and leaves her to die. God being so good woman does not die cos though the alligator did do damage to her face-she was rescued on the other side of the lake and stayed the for years and got plastic surgery and all. Husband assuming wifey had died but wifey surprises husband and mistress years later and emerged a new woman after numerous surgeries to her face which the alligators had damaged. I mean that movie was the business, i loved it but i dont remember the title. Help me out.
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So do you know of other Nollywood, Ghana Movies YOU HAVE WATCHED, which you think has same or similar to some Hollywood movie. Was a a straight copy or a coincidence. Lets talk about it (if you have watched the movie that is)
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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Miss T-i-L-i-i for bringing this up! Venus Film...Abdul Salam Mumuni does not have any business in doing movies at all. He lacks creativity skills!
He copies from hollywood, bollywood, and even nollywood...I mean it's very pathetic.

He copied "Tears of Motherhood" form a bollywood movie and has copied numerous movies from nollywood (his neighbour).

Enough about Abdul Salam Mumuni!

Hollywood movies that have been copied are Jason's Lyric....acted by Genevieve Nnaji, Emeka Ike, Patience Ozorkwor and etc....titled "Love Affair"
Two Can Play That Game.....acted by Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominc, Ramsey Nouah, Pat Attah, Jim Iyke, Ernest Azuzu, Jennifer, and etc....titled "Break Up"

Tell It Like It is said...

You are right. I was trying to remember those nollywood titles - Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Please leave bollywood out of this! Hah! Bollywood copy nollywood! Like which movie? I can however cite quite a few examples where nollywood and 'gollywood' have copied off bollywood story lines, and in one case, where the song bole chudiyan was completely ripped off and put in a nollywood movie. My shock to this day is palpable after seeing that movie!!

Bollywood copies a lot off hollywood, na true, but bollywood has a lot of original movies that are fantastic and authentic. Bollywood is great, it's a wonderful showcase of Indian ingenuity and culture. They also make sure to completely adapt a movie to an Indian context when stealing it from Hollywood. But never Nollywood.

And no one is saying movie line can't be 'borrowed' or stolen or whatever. After all, many things transcend all cultures, so it's okay. I can do a movie about adultery in the states, copy the format and do a movie about adultery, fine. But when Frank abdul mumuni or whatever their names are called steal a storyline like the one from Kabhi Kushie Kabhi Gham (which is Indian MELOdrama)and then tries to pawn it off as a Ghanaian movie, that is laughable and shameful. When Bole chudiyan is rippedo ff so badly that i can recognize the lyrics and the tume in a nollywood movie (or was it even a gh movie), then that is shameful. When names like Raj are ripped off from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and then put in a gh, that is laughable. What is wrong with Kwamena? Or even John? - names Ghanaians are given? Not everyone copies hollywood, and not every story has to be completely original, but expect people to say it when the story is not completely orignal, if the plagiarism is a bit too much, or if it is just unbelievable!

Since there is nothing disrespectful in my post - I sincerely hope it will be published. I still can't see the other three I put out here.

Anonymous said...

So aside from my long rant let me say

I think it was called Divine Love (probably abdul mumuni) - was copied STRAIGHT OFF Kabhie LKushie Kabhie Gham, but it didn't have any of the larger-than-life, extravagant, lush costumery and setting ans wonderful acting and chemistry that made up that Bollywood movie.

And I also forget the name of the movie, but the song Bole Chudiyan has been copied (badly might I add) from the same movie above and put in a nolly/gollywood move.

i'll see if i can remember others

Tell It Like It is said...

Excuse my typo (i corrected it) - i stated bollywood copies nollywood to the T (doh well ofcourse i meant Bollywood copies Hollywood not Nollywood) -

With all the many woods do you blame my typo :lol: wood wood wood

Anonymous said...

Break up...was it not copied from that movie vivica fox and morris chestnut acted

Anonymous said...

I think the movie you are looking for was an Australian miniseries called Eden or Return to Eden. It came out in the 80s.

Anonymous said...

Hah! - the movie you are talking about, I know - but I know only the bollywood version - so this is a complete rip off - (bollywood stole it, haha)
I checked and it was a TV series (in 'hollywood' - it was Australian) and it was called Return to Eden.

The bollywood rip-off, which happens to be my all-time favorite bollywood movie (damn, oh Ms. T-i-l-i-i, you've broken my heart by telling me they cheated!) is called Khoon Bhari Maang!

Hope this helps (even with the extra, probably unneeded info!)

Tell It Like It is said...

Ohmigaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasshhhhhhh - thats it that it that it, YEs yes YEs, Oh migash am so excited - do u know how long ave been waiting to find out title - i gotta find it on amazon and buy it tonight. Thank you thank u thank u - double kisses to both of you for telling the name - It was Return to Eden for Sure - i gotta call my best friend in London to tell her this, she also couldnt remember title. We were both in primary school when it came out and i will gatther a group my friends to watch it - no snack breaks or nothing - glued to the tv like nobodys business - some idiot borrowed that betamax cassette and i never got it back and we moved from that neighborhood to another.

And what yall saying??? You saying that Bollywood stole the script and has the same version too - r u serious. Really?

mehn these bollywoodians are bold arent they - What is the title again - maybe i should find it and watch it too since you said their version was just as good.

Hey Nollywood - maybe you all should steal the script to Return to Eden too :lol: - oh i loved that movie - and you are right it was Austrailian. Now i can searched the cast on IMDB. thank you guys - i swear i love you all

Anonymous said...

So, I checked out the link on facebook that u're talking about, and in defense of bollywood, (haha - I promise this will be my last post for a while, lol) let me say that the dude did not know what he was talking about. True, a lot of the movies he put out there were copied completely, but for a lot of the movies, only scenes here and there were stolen, or the concept. I don't mind those - i think the problem comes when everything, from beginning to end was copied. And the guy who did that post did it with malicious intent. He was rude and derisive, and so I refuse to take that post seriously. besides, bollywood alone releases at least 800 movies per year. Take that into account, and what looks like a lot of copying is really only a fraction of the industry. And also, hollywood copies a lot of chinese, korean adn japanese movies. We don't see too many of those, so we assume a lot of what comes out of hollywood is original. Not!
So, Ms. T-i-l-i-i, you are right: copying or borrowing or whatever becomes an issue when it's copied from beginning to end. There. i'll leave you in peace for awhile!

Anonymous said...

Final final one: I rechecked the list, and the guy was lying on some of them.
Eg. Kuch Kuch hota hai: are you kidding! How can kuch kuch hota hai be a copy of sleepless in seattle? They were COMPLETELY different movies (happen to know coz I love both movies), not even the same concept, hah!
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Rangeela was shot way before A Date with Tad Hamilton, so in this case, it was hollywood that copied.

i've reread it again, and am shocked by how rude and ignorant he is. Many bollywood movies have deliberately set out to be larger-than-life, melodramatic and over-the-top, so saying the actors were over-dramatic is silly: they MEANT to be over-dramatic. Plus, has he seen some hollywood movies? Talladega nights and Charlie's angles are just two of many movies, where ppl spent their days overreacting. Saying the difference b/n hollywood and bollywood is that some bwood actors are egoistic is stupid: there are just as many hwood actors that are egoistic. Saying only a few people rule bwood is stupid, bcos only a few actors rule hwood cinema also. Saying bwood actors get paid too much, is silly because no one gets paid more than hwood actors. Julia roberts got $3 million to appear for six minutes: that's $500 000 per minute. No bollywood star gets paid near that much. to say bollywood copied the name hollywood is not true. It is americans who call the cinema bollywood, just like we're 'americanisin' nigerian ang ghanaian cinema to nollywood and gollywood.

Ok - I promise I am done. But his post infuriated me. Sorry!!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Miss T-i-L-i-i your series is on youtube, maybe you should check it out!!! (Return to Eden)

Myne Whitman said...

You just reminded me of that movie, let me go cheeck it out.

Adwoa said...

Hello Miss T-i-L-i-i..........I watched the movie Return to Eden and I must say it is great, the movie is fantastic! The script was well written, cast were great!!!
Overall, Return to Eden is remarkable movie!!!

Anonymous said...

The movie you are talking about is called OUT OF EDEN. It was actually a mini series. Good job with the blog

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