Actor Salman Khan’s publicity poster for his team, Mumbai Heroes, bears striking resemblance to actor Shah Rukh Khan’s blockbuster Chak De India’s promotional poster. Salman’s Heroes did not perform well during the last Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) matches so this time he promise to bounce back.
The matches will be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on January 13 and 14 next year. But a publicity poster reminds one of Chak De India where Shah Rukh was seen standing in the centre with his girl’s hockey team behind him. "At first sight, the poster indeed looks similar, but it’s not the stars’ fault. Design team should have done the research and come up with something new," says a publicity designer on condition of anonymity.
Film expert Atul Mohan feels otherwise. "I would say it’s nothing but a coincidence as you can’t think of much creative designs with 11 team members and one face who is the captain or the brand ambassador. The creative has to look serious and one can’t afford to have funny creative in the name of being different," says Mohan.
In the past, the actors seem to have become each other’s inspiration a number of times. The last coincidence was the train sequence in Salman’s film Bodyguard that looked like an exact replica of SRK’s famous train sequence in the climax from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.
SRK gives his hand to Kajol to board the train in DDLJ while Salman did the same with Hazel Keech in Bodyguard. Earlier this year, Salman’s song, Character Dheela from his film Ready had Salman dressed as legendary actor Raj Kapoor, exactly how SRK did for his song Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Earlier, Sallu did the same in a song called Kabhi Tu Chaliya Lagta Hai from Patthar Ke Phool.
"It’s not Salman and SRK who call the shots. It’s the choreographer and director who decide the theme of the song. One must stop demeaning stars by saying one copied the other or vice versa," posted a film blogger.