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.
[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]