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Sheila J. Nayar article October 12, 2009

Posted by annabethsanford in Uncategorized.

In Nayar’s article, The Values of Fantasy: Indian Popular Cinema through Western Scripts, she says, “finished products adapted from foreign works are less remakes than extracted skeletons: plot repositories, molded and shaped for a more sufficient and efficient cultural refilling.  Even given the filmmakers’ borrowing, stealing and blatant plagiarism, these finished products are indisputably Indian” (74-75).    Because American themes do not always translate, and vice versa with Indian themes, Nayar seems to suggest that Bollywood films are not remakes, but simply borrowed plotlines.  While I don’t completely agree with this, I can see how she makes this argument through the frequent inability to sucessfully translate themes cross-culturally.