A recent comment on an earlier post about ITwofs – Inspired Indian Songs catalog asked a simple Question – is there any site that chronicles Movie plagiarism? Sounded kinda silly to me initially. Because there would be hundreds or thousands of instances when a scene of a particular movie will be a ‘lift’ or an ‘inspired’ version of another. And there have been umpteen remakes of hollywood flicks or regional movies made in Bollywood! Would they be considered as plagiarised? Maybe yes…maybe not!
A little bit of searching on Google bought me to a site that claims itself to be “The chronicles of Plagiarism in India’s Bollywood Movies”. The site in question is http://www.bollycat.com
Excerpt: A BollyCat is an Bollywood movie that has been “inspired by” (as it’s creators would put it) by a foreign movie, which most of the time means Hollywood. Also, 99.99% of the time the original content is not mentioned “officially” and neither paid for the rights of use.
The word actually is a masala mix of the words Bollywood and Copycat.
Firstly, the site hasn’t been updated since January 2006. So one cannot expect to see most of Vikram Bhatt’s movies therein and similar to ITwofs, there are contributions from readers and visitors alike. Though the origins of this site is a bit vague, reading the comments and the questions lead one to believe that it is maintained by this guy. Can’t say for sure though! Anyone with a TypeKey id can login and post comments and questions and also post about a movie that they think is inspired!