French director accuses 'Saaho' makers of plagiarism: If you steal my work, at least do it properly

WION Web Team New Delhi Sep 03, 2019, 02.50 PM(IST)

Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor in a still from 'Saaho'. (Youtube screen grab) Photograph:( WION Web Team )

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The French filmmaker Jerome Salle took to Twitter to write, “I think I have a promising career in India."

While Prabhas starrer ‘Saaho’ continues to mint money at the box office, there is something that will surely trouble the makers. In a not-so-pleasing update, the film faces allegations of being ripped off by a French filmmaker Jerome Salle after users took to Twitter pointing out glaring similarities between the Indian and French film ‘Largo Winch’. 

‘Largo Winch’ had released in 2008.

When stumbled upon the tweets, filmmaker Salle wrote, “I think I have a promising career in India,” as a sarcastic remark. He responded to a tweet that read, “Buddy another day and another free make of your Largo Winch movie in India.” 

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In another tweet, Salle said, “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. (sic)”

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Salle is not new to Indian filmmakers ripping off his work allegedly as before he has accused Trivikram Srinivas’ ‘Agnyaathavaasi’. 

Meanwhile, ‘Saaho’ has been accused of plagiarism previously too when a poster of its song ‘Baby Wont You Tell Me’ was said to be copied from artist Shilo Shiv Suleman’s Burning Man installation. A subsequent poster was said to be lifted from the video game, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. 

This is the poster shared by Shraddha Kapoor:

While this is where it is apparently inspired from:

Whether all this negative news will slow down the film waits to be seen as it continues to beat the collections of this year’s releases -- to become the biggest hit of the year.