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A Year of Inspirations

29th December 2004
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Telugu film industry witnessed around 120 straight film releases. 12 out of these 120 (10%) films were inspired by Hollywood and Bollywood films. These inspirations range from taking the concept to copying scene by scene. Producers of some of these films did not even announce officially if they had acquired rights or not. Among the successful ones in this list Varsham went on to become a huge blockbuster because the main thread of Tezaab was well adapted in Telugu without missing the soul. Malliswari also became a hit with feeble inspiration from old Hollywood classic 'Roman Holiday'. Andaru Dongale Dorikithe (inspired by Excess Baggage) turned out to be a safe film. All other films turned out to be flops.

Here is the list of inspired films

S. No. Film Name Inspiration
1 Varsham Tezaab
2 Love Today Serendipity
3 Malliswari Roman Holiday
4 Nani The Big
5 Andaru Dongale Dorikithe Excess Baggage
6 Intlo Sreemati Veedhilo Kumari Hungama
7 Shiv Shankar Road to Perdition
8 Satruvu Naam
9 Mr & Mrs Sailaja Krishna Murthy Serendipity & On the line
10 Aptudu Ghaatak
11 Kaani Sixth Sense
12 Vijayendra Varma Bourne Identity

Note: There might a few films that went unnoticed by us. Please let us know if there were any.

Other articles about Telugu cinema in 2004:
Paruchuri Brothers - real heroes
USP of Telugu Cinema

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