Aliens from Hollywood have come to India and how. The outer space creatures in writer-filmmaker Shirish Kunder's upcoming flick, Joker, seem to be closely inspired by their western counterparts. While one resembles sea creature Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean series, another resembles the aliens shown in recent blockbuster Men In Black 3. One of the dwarf alien in the Joker's poster, resembles the famous ET - the extra terrestrial.
Fans have given a tepid response. "Aliens don't wear zippers and LED lights Mr Kunder. Nakal k lie b akal chaie :p (you need brains to cheat)," posted Annu Agarwal on Facebook. "Just saw the poster of Joker...what were they thinking? shameless... stop copying Hollywood," tweeted Hanish Jindal.
However, trade analyst Joginder Tuteja says, "The movie was always pushed as one that spoofs many other aliens. It was intended that way. Even the plot line spoofs the existence of aliens."
Noteworthy is that the series of crop circles shown in fields in the promo is also a direct lift from 2002 sci-fi thriller, Signs. "That particular scene with signs in the fields does remind me of Signs," says trade guru Taran Adarsh. Akshay's look in the poster also seems to be inspired by actor Aamir Khan's look in Lagaan.
Kunder remained unavailable for comments.