Saaho, starring Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas is doing very well at the ticket windows with earnings of 93.28 crores already in its kitty in just 4 days. However, things haven’t been really well since the start when actress Lisa Ray accused Sujeeth and team of plagiarism in the song ‘Baby Won’t You Tell Me’. Now, another controversy is rife since French Director Jerome Salle has alleged that the movie is a copy of his film Largo Winch.
It all happened after one of the users tagged the director on his Twitter mentioning Saaho was just another copy of his movie. To this, Jerome sarcastically replied, “I think I have a promising career in India.”
I think I have a promising career in India. https://t.co/XAiERdgUCF
— Jérôme Salle (@Jerome_Salle) August 30, 2019
Soon after, he took to his Twitter and accused the team of copying his movie as he wrote, “It seems this second “freemake” of Largo Winch is as bad as the first one. So please Telugu directors, if you steal my work, at least do it properly? And as my “Indian career” tweet was of course ironic, I’m sorry but I’m not gonna be able to help.
It seems this second "freemake" of Largo Winch is as bad as the first one. So please Telugu directors, if you steal my work, at least do it properly?
And as my "Indian career" tweet was of course ironic, I'm sorry but I'm not gonna be able to help. https://t.co/DWpQJ8Vyi0
— Jérôme Salle (@Jerome_Salle) September 1, 2019
Now, that definitely isn’t a news to look forward to for the Saaho team amidst everything happening in favour.
Earlier, Lisa Ray had accused the makers of Saaho of plagiarism. The actress took to Instagram on Friday to write a post, where she alleged how the makers of Saaho have copied an artwork of contemporary artist Shilo Shiv Suleman, and used it in one of their posters.
Lisa shared the two pictures, one of the original artwork and the other of a similar image featuring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor’s photos on it.
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What is creativity? What is art? Where does it come from? We feel what it is not. It’s not derived from your social status. Nor your job title. Nor your appearance. Creativity and its sister Art reach us from the sweet spot of the universe- the soul you might say. But I do know that the creator- artist is the channel for it. Let me tell you how hard it is to birth anything original or authentic. I personally labored for years over my book, quelled the doubts and noise from others and didn’t emerge until I was almost undone. And when I was moving through dark spaces of self-doubt or hitting creative walls I would turn to the work that @shiloshivsuleman puts out into the world and shares on her Instagram handle for inspiration. I can recognize when a creator works honourably and deeply, bleeding, sacrificing, unsleeping, stretching herself in the direction of emotional bravery to produce work that births those feelings we all look for in day to day life. To feel inspired. To feel alive. That’s why when something dishonorable happens, we need to stand up and speak up. To hold up a mirror to these makers to make them understand THIS IS NOT RIGHT. It’s come to light that a big budget film production has ripped off one of Shilo’s original creations. This is NOT inspiration but blatant theft. In no world, is this acceptable. The production did not contact the creator, ask her permission nor offer to collaborate or offer a credit. Nothing. This is not right. I believed the Hindi film industry was evolving necessarily past stealing storylines and rampant plagiarism but the producers of Shahoo have obviously not gotten the memo when it comes to art. Here’s the thing- Creators are worthy of worship. What they produce are more lasting and precious so than all the other ‘things’ we accumulate that can be taken away. Let’s hold these producers accountable for their infuriating, dishonourable action. How would you feel if a thief slid into your home and took away your most prized possessions? Your heart. Your soul. And your livelihood. Image @dietsabya