Mumbai. Rajesh Khanna aka Kaka has finally broken his silence and has confirmed what was being widely speculated and rumored around in the Indian blogosphere – James Cameron’s latest blockbuster Avatar being a copy of Kaka’s 1983 Bollywood masterpiece Avtaar. In an exclusive interview to Faking News, the romantic superstar of the 70’s has accused James Cameron of lifting certain scenes from his movie without giving due credits.
Now I too, like everyone else, saw and found Avatar to be highly derivative, borrowing liberally from previous films including the obvious (Pocahontas, Dances With Wolves, smurfs), and the much-less-talked-about sources (like Miyazaki’s imaginative masterpieces).
But such wholesale borrowing from Bollywood, as meticulously documented, with pictures, in the above article? That’s a connection I hadn’t made!
Although, come to think of it, this is hardly surprising. After all we are talking about the “creator” of that previous box-office record breaking mega-blockbuster, Titanic, which is nothing more than an overwrought run-of-the-mill poor-boy-rich-girl romantically tragic Bollywood musical. Except, without the songs. Until, I believe, they were added back in, in a brave act of cultural reclamation.
Still don’t believe Cameron stole Avatar?
We leave our readers with these pictures so that they can decide for themselves: