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The thin line between plagiarism & inspiration

Saturday, August 9, 2014 • Tamil Comments

With the emergence of social media, the people around the world get to see news from various corners of the world within seconds. In the past, it took a lot of time to decode a movie and analyze whether it was on the lines of some other movie or not. But, nowadays, even a first look poster goes under severe criticism, stating, the look, color, angle has been taken from some other movie and it gets spread like forest fire.
 

 

The latest super hit 'Jigarthanda' & 'Sarabham' is facing heavy criticism from various blogs and well known people from FB. 'The Dirty Carnival' a South Korean movie seems to have fed inspiration for 'Jigarthanda' & 'Sarabham' story line is similar to the Japanese movie ' Game'.
 
The question is, how a writer stops himself at the line before plagiarism & pen a story with the line he admired from a different source. To be honest, most of the stories/narration has been pretty old and follow a similar path for decades together, but we tend to dismiss them by calling commercial cinema. The debate over finding the proper line between inspiration & plagiarism keeps growing by every Friday. Hopefully, the movie makers and movie goers don't go overboard with their ideologies to paint the entire town in red.