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03 January 2010

Idiotic credits

HERE IN India, author Chetan Bhagat and the makers of the holiday blockbuster movie 3 Idiots are slugging it out noisily over Mr. Bhagat’s accusation that the film makers did not give him due credit for the story.  The movie is based on the Mr. Bhagat’s debut novel Five Point Someone, but he claims that the movie gives bigger credits to another person.  The film makers have denied this, even posting up a copy of the studio’s contract with Mr. Bhagat on their Web site to prove that they’ve done their fair end of the bargain.

I’ve neither read the book nor seen the movie (I’ll wait for the DVD with English subtitles to come out), and I’ve heard that both book and movie are good.  But all this noisome mess reminds me of how a singer once described a younger and less accomplished performer after watching her on stage in Israel. 
She walks on stage, opens her mouth to sing, then exits the stage after taking her bow. 
The audience is left cheering wildly on their feet and wondering who on earth she is.
What can be cooler than that?
Answer: Mr. Bhagat and the film makers taking their bow quietly and leaving their audiences cheering wildly forevermore.  Their works speak for the truth anyway, no matter how big or small or non-existent the credit line is.

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