Jodi Breakers, R. Madhavan’s second outing as a solo hero in as many movies, has been slapped with plagiarism charges. Bollywood is not new to such charges and music directors have been consistently embroiled in similar controversies. However, as far as producers and filmmakers are concerned, in most cases they buy out the rights of the original to avoid any hassles later.
It is being said that Jodi Breakers has resemblance to the Belgian movie “Heartbreakers”. In most cases, such allegations are settled behind closed doors and in some cases the about to be released movie turns out to be loosely inspired by the original. While not many would know since Jodi Breakers has not released and most people have not seen “Heartbreakers”, it is likely the controversy would fuel the promotional activities and hype the film further.
Madhavan is not someone to take down allegations lying low and he has come out in defense of his film publicly. He has also expressed his amusement at such incidents cropping up a few weeks prior to major releases. For as we know, we are willing to go by his words however the Indian audience has come of age and would be the quick to realize if the plagiarism charges hold any truth.
There is a counterview to this issue with a segment of trade experts seeing it as a promotional strategy employed by the Indian distributors of the Belgian Film so it could cash in on the hype and perhaps would get a boost in DVD sales. Since Belgian films are not released in India theatrically, it would not be bad to increase the DVD sales of the same. After all, it would mean more money for Heartbreakers’ distributors and in the process Jodi Breakers team get to stay in the news.