If you thought that inspiration in Bollywood is only incoming, then you need a serious rethink. Unbeknownst to many, the Indian film industry has actually gone ahead and inspired several Hollywood movies.
Did you know the Naseeruddin Shah-starrer A Wednesday was later remade as A Common Man starring Ben Kingsley, or that Fear was inspired by the immensely popular film Vicky Donor, Fear from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Darr and even Jab We Met went on to be remade in Hollywood as A Leap Year. Now, if that hasn’t got you feeling better, it seems artistes from across the world are even getting inspired by Bollywood poster art.
As a recent tweet “noticed”, the cover of the latest single from a Canadian brother-sister production duo Tennyson seems uncannily similar to a much loved poster of the film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Luke and Tess Tennyson, who are 18 and 16 respectively, came out with an instrumental single called XYZ (you can listen to the track here on Soundcloud), inspired by nature. But, as this Twitter user correctly pointed out, that wasn’t the only inspiration the Tennysons had. The cover of the single is a complete copy of the KKHH poster – from SRK’s GAP hoodie and cool shades to Kajol’s sporty headband. Even the posture!
In an email interview with The Fader, Tennyson’s Luke Tennyson spoke about the cover artwork, clearly crediting the idea to Bollywood’s very own Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. “It was hard to convey, but the intro is what I imagine a tree growing really fast would sound like. We got the idea for the artwork from a Bollywood movie called Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Tess and I took the photos at Value Village so we could find the right clothes,” he said.
So, to be fair, it’s not like the duo isn’t giving credit where it’s due!