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Wedding Season Across The World


Lady GaGa does a Sheela Ki Jawaani?

Surfing news channels, I was hit by Lady GaGa at the 2011 Grammy Awards night. For a few seconds, I was confused. To me it seemed like Katrina Kaif was doing Sheela Ki Jawaani. Till the newsreader announced, that it was Lady GaGa.

Of course, plagiarism is not aone-way street. There was the little known case of Bappi Lahiri vs Dr.Dre case, I thought. Even lesser known is the enduring suspicion, that Spielberg was inspired by a Satyajit Ray script.

India sets off a global wedding theme?

Looking back at the last 20 years, one enduring theme that came out of Bollywood was the wedding story – starting with Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (Aug. 1994). A mega-success, this film of more than 3 hours, made an impact on the Indian psyche. Old wedding celebrations like sangeet, made a furious revival. Suddenly, Marathi weddings in Mumbai started having North Indian style sangeet during a wedding.

This theme found echoes across the world – My Big Fat Greek Wedding(2002); My Best Friend’s Wedding(1997), The Wedding Planner(2001), Runaway Bride(1999), The In-Laws (2003), Meet the Parents (2000) . Hollywood has made more than 30 wedding story in the last few decades with multi-million dollar budgets.

Videos from Tanu Weds Manu or the Main toh Avian, Avian lut gayaa (from Band Baaja Barath) are remarkable extensions of this theme. Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding has an exquisite change in tempo, at the end.

If only Bollywood was not so desperate to be a Hollywood clone.

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