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All in the name of inspiration

entertainment Updated: May 19, 2010 12:57 IST
Highlight Story

Kites

This week,

Kites

opens to rumours on Amazon.com that the Hrithik Roshan-Barbara Mori flick is startlingly similar to the Hollywood film,

Match Point

(2005), featuring Jonathan Meyers and Scarlett Johansson.



A couple of Fridays ago, the Shahid Kapoor-Anushka Sharma

Badmaash Company

released, dogged by buzz that it was inspired by the Hollywood flick,

Catch Me If You Can

(2002). These are not the only two films in the spotlight for their connect with Hollywood flicks. Others in the news include:



Guzaarish


The Hrithik Roshan-Aishwarya Bachchan-starrer, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is supposed to be an Indianised version of Christopher Nolan’s 2006 hit,

The Prestige

, spun around the rivalry between magicians. Roshan too plays a magician in

Guzaarish


but Bhansali has denied any similarity.



Shaadi Mubarak

According to imdb.com, the Anushka Sharma-Ranvir Singh movie is a rip-off of the 2001 romantic comedy,

The Wedding Planner

, with the actors taking cues from Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.



Milenge Milenge


The Shahid Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor long-in-the-making flick is said to have borrowed generously from the 2001 film

Serendipity

, with the protagonists leaving their futures to fate.



The Man


Shilpa Shetty plays a popular international star and Sunny, her bodyguard, in this Neeraj Pathak-directed thriller that is supposed to have found its muse in

The Bodyguard

in which Kevin Costner, a former Secret Service agent signs up to protect a temperamental pop star, Whitney Houston.



Anjaana Anjaani


Buzz is that Siddharth Anand’s unusual love story is an “unofficial remake” of Patrice Leconte’s French film

La Fille Sur Le Pont

(

The Girl On The Bridge

) about two losers, played by Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, who bump into each other just as they are about to jump off a bridge to put an end to their failed lives. Ranbir stops Priyanka from jumping and asks her to travel with him to Vegas in the hope that they can find a little bit of luck in casino city.



Chatur Singh Two Star


Sanjay Dutt as Peter Sellers? That’s what the grapevine says about this infamous member of the Mumbai police force who has just been handed the biggest case in the department's history. Dutt denies the rumours.



Knock Out


This Sanjay Dutt movie has Irrfan Khan. The Mani Shankar film is supposed to be a remake of the Collin Farell-Keifer Sutherland-starrer

Phone Booth

.



Abbas-Mustan’s next

The director duo has admitted that Studio 18 has bought the rights of both the ’63 film and the 2003

Italian Job

. “We’re doing a mix and match of both the films, taking whatever elements we can from both movies and putting them together in our own way,” they’ve been quoted as saying. Saif Ali Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh have been finalised to head the star cast.