The Taser's Edge

International Appeal
January 12, 2009, 12:48 pm
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Yesterday, after posting my review of Slumdog Millionaire, I was happily surprised to receive a comment from a complete stranger, and a native Indian, Anorak of Cinematically Speaking here on WordPress.  He asked me to stop by and read his review of the film, which I did.  And then I went through his comments to find BobbyTalksCinema, another native Indian and WordPress user.  I have read at various times of Bollywood cinema stripping American movies of their plots and even camera angles in totally unauthorized remakes, but Bobby provides an incredible list of 2008’s “Bollycat” films, with Indian titles paired to the names of the Western films which “inspired” them.  You should check it out, because it’s incredibly interesting to see it laid out so clearly.

Highlights of the list for me:

-I just watched Woody Allen’s original Husbands and Wives for the first time last night, and my mind is racing to picture the possibilities of an Indian remake.

-Bobby writes that two 2008 movies stole the plot from Bruce Almighty, but it looks to me (based on the title alone) like the Indian Oh, My God was probably stolen from the John Denver/George Burns 1977 masterpiece Oh, God!

-Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic was apparently inspired by Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and City of Angels.  I would love to see how those three films could make a single one.  A possibility: chipper, singing housekeeper fights off Nazis by pulling an anti-aircraft battery out of her bag and then floats away on umbrella only to have an angel fall in love with her and become a human who plays a one-man-band in the park.  At least it might explain why laughing makes people float up to the ceiling, when angels are already involved.  Of course, this is complicated all the more because City of Angels is a terrible remake of one of my absolute favorites, Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire.  Did I mention that Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic is filmed in grainy black and white and features a live performance by Nick Cave as Bert?