The Switch

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An extract from an interview with Antara Mali the context being her latest movie “Mr ya Miss”

We have heard the film is based on the English film The Hot Chick.

I request those who are saying it to see the Hollywood version before dropping in for Mr ya Miss. It’s very sad that each time a new film is about to hit the screen, people fall over themselves to find out if it has any remote resemblance to any Hollywood manufacture. Filmmakers are humans and there is bound to be similarity of thoughts. I shall be grateful to the audience if they can just evaluate my film as it is without attempting to compare it with some Hollywood film.

I totally agree with Ms Mali. Just because a few (okay more than a few) Bollywood people copy from foreign sources, does not mean we should paint all with the same brush? It’s not right !

Only one problem. “Mr Ya Miss” IS a copy. Not of “Hot Chick” but of the 1991 movie “Switch”.

Somehow Antara-ji thought that she could get away with her shocked innocence—–well evidently not.

However she does redeem herself with the following sentence:

As for casting Aftab she says, “Well, we both do look similar. I mean, I could easily pass off as the female version of Aftab.

Touche.

[Just to show I am not a plagiarist, the same points have been made independently by a commenter on Rediff’s review of the movie. I was not inspired by that but came to the same decision independently after reading the movie plot and noting its similarity with “Switch” which I saw a long time ago (an eminently brainless flick if I may add). Honest]

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5 thoughts on “The Switch

  1. “Well, we both do look similar. I mean, I could easily pass off as the female version of Aftab”

    Now that’s a serious challenge on the masculinity of Aftab 😀

  2. That bit about “there is bound to be similarity of thoughts” is so laughable. Apart from this movie being a copy of Switch (which I vaguely remember from a long-ago viewing too), even the film posters are directly lifted from the publicity material for that movie (which had Ellen Barkin wearing only a long shirt, shocked expression on face, and standing in a clumsy, presumably man-like pose).

  3. @Greatbong: I read “They will be back” first and then I read “The Switch”. You missed comments from people like 4WD on this article because they thought that you are supporting Bollywood’s/Ms Mali etc by writing “I totally agree with Ms Mali. Just because a few (okay more than a few) Bollywood people copy from foreign sources, does not mean we should paint all with the same brush? It’s not right !”

    Why don’t people understand discreet humor? It beats me.

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