The upcoming Bollywood flick Phantom – starring Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan – recently received its official poster which is blatantly copied from 2011 first-person shooter by THQ called Homefront.
Amidst all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, people often do not pay much heed to the Indian film industry which is continuously on the rise with 1,602 films released in 2012 as compared to 476 in the U.S. And although Bollywood cannot be compared to Hollywood in terms of box office revenue; the numbers are nothing short of impressive.
Despite all this, Bollywood is often criticized for a lack of originality and for drawing inspirations – rather blatantly copying – from Hollywood films and even video games. The latest addition to which is the upcoming Bollywood action flick named Phantom.
The film’s official posters, as you can see below, show blindfolded Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif using an Indian flag which is identical to the cover art of Homefront showing a man blindfolded using North Korea’s flag. I must, however, confess that each and every detail ranging from tattered lips and jagged beard to scars and background image have received due attention.
While Homefront is set in a dystopian United States in the year 2027 and shows the rising tension between the North Korea and the global powers, Phantom revolves around the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks and all mighty Daniyal played by Saif Ali Khan (pun intended) waging war against Hafiz Saeed (leader of a minor party of extremists in Pakistan) on the orders of Indian intelligence agency. Similar to Homefront, the said film also focuses on crazy gun fights, stunts, and explosions.
This is not the first time the Indian film industry has looked up to video games for inspirations as there have been multiple instances of the same thing in the past as evident from the images below! Oh, and the movie poster – pasted below – copied from Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is also from the same director who is directing Phantom.
Homefront launched back in 2011 with a sequel – Homefront: The Revolution – already in the works while Phantom is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 28, 2015.