New Delhi, March 13 -- Take a great Hollywood sequence, add some desi tadka and call it a Bollywood original - it's happened before, and it's happening a lot again.
With themes and scenes in new movies such as NH10, Hey Bro and Mr X looking like a cut-copy-paste from famous international flicks, experts shake their head at the unflinching Bollywood practice.
"This trend is a hard one to break. Although some filmmakers are now buying official remake rights, there are still many who don't, and then deny any link to the original," says Komal Nahta, trade analyst.
MR X & HOLLOW MAN
Scenes in the teaser of the upcoming Emraan Hashmi-starrer (below) remind you instantly of Hollow Man (above it), if not of the 'X' logo from X-Men. But the film's director, Vikram Bhatt, denies inspiration: "Indian filmmakers are trying to create original, quality stuff so it's sad when someone tries to bring down your film based on a two-minute teaser. Just because Krrish flies, does it make him Spiderman?"
NH 10 & BLACK WIDOW, EDEN LAKE
Today's release, starring Anushka Sharma and directed by Navdeep Singh, had come under fire for its poster which resembled that of Avengers character Black Widow, and now, critics have noticed that the plot and scenes are starkly similar to those of Micheal Fassbender's 2008 movie, Eden Lake, also based on an adventure gone wrong.
KICK & MI 4: GHOST PROTOCOL
Those who'd have seen Salman Khan's runaway hit last year would've observed how his big leap off a building was a straight lift from the Tom Cruise-starrer, and the famous bike stunt from The Expendables 2. Some even thought the movie's bus sequence was taken from Keanu Reeves-starrer, Speed (1994).