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Naqaab – As un-original as it gets

Spoiler Warning

Abbas-Mustan are the prime exponents of thrillers in Bollywood. They have scoured indie/obscure movies from abroad and found a film, which they think will work well with an ‘Indian’ audience’ and done their redux version. The movie might do well, and most would not care if its not original. But I care. I think you can borrow but making it out that you have had that brilliant ‘insight’ is pathetic.

Naqaab is a copy of the 2003 film ‘Dot the I‘.

‘Dot the I’ is pretty original, and I must say that the director duo have a good taste in movies. Maybe they could approach me!

Dot the I is written and directed by Tony Parkhill, stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Natalie Verbeke and James D’Arcy. I saw the film a couple of weeks back, and the trailers of Naqaab have given me more than I need to confirm that. There are scenes which I recognized, and also some of the outfits of the new siren, Urvashi Sharma – who looks more German than ‘Indian’ (if you can make such a generic categorization).

info about Dot the I from imdb.com

“Carmen, a beautiful Spanish woman with a tendency to lose her temper at the drop of a hat, is about to married to Barnaby, a caring, wealthy, but slightly boring Englishman. While out with friends on her ‘hen night’ she encounters a stranger who suddenly sparks a passion that has been sleeping within her. As her wedding date approaches, she finds herself struggling to put this newcomer out of her mind, but his effect on her keeps growing stronger. What is it that he sees in her, and why does she feel like she’s being pushed inevitably into his arms? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher {rocher@fiberbit.net}

info about Naqaab from nowrunning.com

Naqaab tells the story of Sophie (Urvashi Sharma), a young girl from a middle-class family. She is engaged to millionaire Karan Khanna (Bobby Deol). When she meets Vicky Malhotra (Akshaye Khanna) her affections shift to him and problems begin in her relationship with Karan.

The focus of the film also shifts to the shady past of all three characters, with some unexpected elements thrown in. Who does Urvashi choose? Who does she really want? What are their shady pasts?

Expect a rocking thriller once again from the masters of this genre- Abbas-Mustan.

Rock on Bollywood… !!! Atleast you can’t copy the sex scenes…. 🙂


One Response

  1. Oh geeze…another copy. Sounds like you should send it in to Bollycat http://www.bollycat.com I agree with you that it is important for filmmakers to give credit where credit is due – I don’t have a problem with any film industry or tradition remaking a movie from another as long as the connection is made clear.

    I’ll probably still watch Naqaab, though, once it’s out on DVD. Just for Akshaye. And then I’ll have to try Dot the I, too – I’ve loved every performance I’ve seen by Gael Garcia Bernal.

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