Was Shah Rukh Khan Starrer Movie ‘Swades’ [2004] Lifted from the Short Story written by Swaamee Aprtemaananda Jee?

[A] The INTRODUCTION:



Was Shah Rukh Khan Starrer Movie ‘Swades’ [2004] Lifted from the Short Story written by Swaamee Aprtemaananda Jee?


[B] The DISCUSSION:


1. Swaamee Aprtemaananda Jee says,” SWADES (2004) movie was a straight lift from my one Hindi short story that was published in 1999-2000 in Diwas-Ratri newspaper, published both from Pune and MUMBAI. This newspaper those days carried short stories and poems by many eminent popular Hindi writers/poets of those days. The Hero of my short story goes to foreign and is admonished for this unpatriotic act by his fellow villagers. He returns with bagful of money after a few years to his native village, helps fund the construction [if my memory serves me correct] of local school building. He is felicitated by his own villagers for this good work, the same villagers who had once disliked him for his having left village and gone to the foreign. The story is set in FLASH-BACK…..THE HERO IS ON THE DAIS WAITING TO BE FELICITATED AND THAT IS WHEN HE RECALLS IN HIS MIND THE WHOLE EARLIER EPISODE AND MUTTERS TO HIMSELF A FEW SATIRICAL REMARKS OVER THIS. NOW, DON’T TELL ME – IT WAS A CASE OF PURE CREATIVE-COINCIDENCE. COULDN’T BE...............! THE NEWSPAPER WAS BEING READ BY THE BOLLYWOOD FRATERNITY, TOO! ALSO, the same newspaper had published my one lengthy patriotic poem titled "ऐसा
मेरा वतन हो" in the Hindi language in the year 1999-2000. A few years later, I found myself hearing my own SAME poem as a filmi song [only position of a few words changed here and there, with all the words remaining almost same!].


NOT ONLY THIS, A FEW YEARS AGO the BIPASHA BASU STARRER ‘CORPORATE’ DIRECTED BY MADHUR BHANDARKAR TOO HAD STOLEN THE BASIC CONCEPT FROM MY ONE SHORT STORY IN MY BOOK ‘KYAA WAQTA GUJARA GAYAA?’ (PUBLISHED IN THE YEAR 1999){My said short story had exposed the modus operandi of the bidding process that goes in the government tenders-bidding in India. In my story,The minister gets his personal assistant/secretary/officer to reduce ‘5 PAISA’ from the amount given in the lowest bid submitted and write this reduced-lowest amount in the blank bid submitted by the minister’s favourite, thereby getting the favourite’s bid cleared by virtue of it being the bid with the lowest amount quoted!

MADHUR BHANDARKAR simply changed ‘5 paisa’ in my said story to ‘5 crore’ and included it in his movie ‘CORPORATE’ – REMEMBER THE SCENE IN ‘CORPORATE’ MOVIE [IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME CORRECT] WHERE THE TENDER IS ALLOTTED TO THE FAVOURITE BIDDER BY GETTING A FAKE TENDER INSERTED BY REDUCING THE AMOUNT BY RUPEES 5 CRORE FROM THE LOWEST BID SUBMITTED BY OTHERS! }




HOWEVER, I HAVE FORGIVEN THESE FILMI CHORS..............!”


2. Now, let us have a look at the Shah Rukh Khan Starrer Movie ‘Swades’ made in the year 2004. In this movie, Dilip Kumar builds a road and Shah Rukh Khan brings electricity to the village. This movie was considered to be the new millennium’s ‘Naya Daur’. To quote the Times of India,"The NRI heart too bleeds for the country – that was the underlying message of the movie where a NASA scientist heeds the call of conscience and returns to help [the] destitute farmers of a village. Shah Rukh’s best performance to date.”


3. DON’T YOU DEAR READERS NOTICE AN UNMISTAKABLE SIMILARITY BETWEEN Swaamee Aprtemaananda Jee’s short story and the story of the Shah Rukh Khan Starrer Movie ‘Swades’? YES, THERE INDEED IS BASIC SIMILARITY, THE SIMILARITY OF THE BASIC CONCEPT and THE THEME! ONE CANNOT EXPECT A SHORT STORY TO BE A NOVEL FULL OF FULL DETAILS AND ELABORATIONS…! Shah Rukh Khan Starrer Movie ‘Swades’ CERATINLY SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN BUILT UPON THE Swaamee Aprtemaananda Jee’s short story. QUITE NATURALLY, NOW AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THE INSTANT DISCUSSION, Ashutosh Gowarikar , the Director, Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan, the actors are most likely to defend themselves saying that the Shah Rukh Khan Starrer Movie ‘Swades’ wasn’t lifted from Swaamee Aprtemaananda Jee’s short story…….!


[C] THE CONCLUSION:


If Shah Rukh Khan/Dilip Kumar/Ashutosh Gowarikar were really an honest person with a true conscience like the CHARACTER OF the NASA scientist who heeds the call of the conscience in the Movie ‘Swades’, Shah Rukh Khan/Dilip Kumar/Ashutosh Gowarikar would do well to admit HONESTLY THIS SIMILARITY OF THE BASIC CONCEPT, THEME AND THE STORY LINE as pointed out above and acknowledge the same in the fresh prints of the Shah Rukh Khan Starrer Movie ‘Swades’ at least now the year 2010 onwards……………………..!
However, to be fair to Shah Rukh Khan and Dilip Kumar,Shah Rukh Khan and Dilip Kumar might actually have not been aware of this similarity...........! The 'Swades' [2004] may or may not have lifted Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee's short story, but the fact remains that the UNMISTAKABLE similarity DOES EXIST with the said short story having been published much earlier [ in 1999] than the year when the movie 'Swades' [ year 2004 ] was made and as such LEGALLY/MORALLY SPEAKING, 'Swades' [2004] is an infringment of copyrights/intellectual property rights.

THE MAKERS OF the movies 'CORPORATE' and'SWADES' MUST BE THANKFUL TO SWAAMEE APRTEMAANANDAA JEE AND THE PUBLISHERS OF THE 'DIWAS-RATRI' NEWSPAPER THAT  NO CASE AGAINST THE MAKERS OF the movies 'CORPORATE' and'SWADES' FOR VIOLATION OF the COPYRIGHTS/INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS HAS SO FAR BEEN FILED IN AN INDIAN COURT OF LAW..............!

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