There are two types of remake films in Bollywood Phone Bhoot being one of them. First, whose remake is official, that is, the filmmakers announce a Hindi remake of a film in any other language. Second, an attempt is made to secretly copy a film and make a new one by manipulating it according to its own accord. In the first, there is less legal risk, in the second, many times the makers of Bollywood get caught in the court-court affair. The second formula was a big hit in the era when the digital medium was not dominant. People used to sit in theaters for films. Whatever was served to him in the name of entertainment, he used to accept it. But now the times have changed. In one click, people find out which movie has been copied from whom. A similar copy film is going to be released on 7 October, whose name is ‘Phone Bhoot’.
The new poster for the film ‘Phone Bhoot’ has been released. In this, Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif, and actors Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khattar are seen. Directed by Gurmeet Singh, the film is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The film is being told as a horror-comedy, which is said to be inspired by the Hollywood film ‘Phone Booth’. Although, the makers of the Phone Bhoot have not yet officially accepted that this is a remake film, after seeing the title, story, and star cast of the film, it is believed. ‘Phone Booth’ is a psychological thriller film, which was released in the year 2002. It was directed by Joel Schumacher. The film stars Colin Farrell, Forrest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell, and Kiefer Sutherland in important roles. It did tremendous business at the American box office.
The story of the Hollywood film ‘Phone Booth’ revolves around a man who is in an illicit relationship with another woman behind his wife. He uses a phone booth to talk to his girlfriend so that his wife does not get to know about his affair. One day he is talking as usual in the phone booth. At the same time, a pizza delivery boy knocks on the door of the booth and asks him to come out. As soon as he wants to come out, the phone in the booth rings. That person would pick up the call. A voice comes from there that if he does not listen to him, then he will tell his wife about his affair. After this, the caller forces him to tell the mistakes of his life in front of everyone. Not only this, he calls his girlfriend and wife there and asks them to choose one of them. In this way, that person accepts his crime in front of everyone. Only then do the police see the opportunity and save that person. The collar is also caught.
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Seeing the success of the film Phone Booth’, Bollywood producer Sohail Maklai and director Mani Shankar made a film ‘Knock Out’. Released in the year 2010, this film was not an official remake, but the story was completely copied. Bollywood’s Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan Khan, and Kangana Ranaut were in the lead roles in this film. In this, Irrfan Khan’s character Bacchubhai often comes to a phone booth to call. One day he gets a call from the other side. The caller says that he has been surrounded. If he tries to leave the booth, he will be killed. Then a person comes to the booth, who is also killed. Seeing this, Bacchu gets scared, who happens to be a partner of a corrupt politician. Both have committed corruption worth crores of rupees. The caller asks Bacchu to confess his crime in front of the media. Bachu tells the truth in front of everyone. That’s when the police arrive. She arrests the child.
Even after the story of the film ‘Knock Out’ completely matched the Hollywood film Phone Booth’, its makers believed that they had written a new story. But Hollywood production company 20th Century Fox filed a copyright case against him. In the year 2010, the case went to the Bombay High Court, after which the theft was caught and the makers of ‘Knock Out’ had to pay compensation.
Not only this, but despite having a huge star cast, the film was a flop at the box office. 30 crores were spent to make this film, but the film earned 6.2 crores. That is why it is said that the use of wisdom is necessary for copying. Remake films may be a guarantee of success, but if the adaptation is not done according to the Indian background, then consider the film a flop. Now it will be interesting to see what happens to the film ‘Phone Bhoot’.