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The tone and tenor

india Updated: Nov 07, 2010 22:12 IST

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Everyone’s getting a little touchy these days, aren’t they? Now we know that imitation is the best form of flattery, but try telling that to the original baritone Amitabh Bachchan. The dear man’s got his knickers in a twist over the fact that some commercial for gutka, heaven forbid, has used a voice which sounds suspiciously like his own. In his blog His Throatiness has decried this transgression, adding that he would never lend his tones to peddle an intoxicant. Which brings us to the crux of the natter as it were, the great man plans to copyright his voice.

An “asset must be delivered to the one that created the asset”, wrote the mega-megastar. This has put us in another quandary because all this while we thought ‘the’ voice was a gift from that man residing somewhere up there and felt comforted that we could blame the almighty for denying us a money-minter like that. Now it seems we have no one to blame but ourselves because Mr Bachchan says that he and he alone is responsible for that voice.

But Mr Bachchan must be a bit careful. After all, he is from that inspired industry called Bollywood. How many times have we seen movies completely copied from foreign ones? The list could be endless. Not just Hollywood, even South Korean horror films are sometimes cut-and-pasted with élan. Some directors are so inspired that they forget to credit the source of their inspiration. Mr Bachchan, that stickler for copyright, must have seen a film called Satte pe Satta? Did it remind him of something? Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, perhaps? We are keeping our ear to the ground in case some shyster thinks of copying these well-crafted edits we churn out. Or in the case of Mr Bachchan, a hear to the sound.