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Son of a soldier, I was born in Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district, Bihar. My childhood days were spent in an earthy rural life. I was deeply inspired by the rich folk culture of Buddha’s own land, Bihar. Right from the beginning, I Grew up with real images of Melas, Ramleelas, Bahuripiyas, incredible rituals, strong religious milieu and the vibrant Mithila Art. Natural calamities like flood and drought gifted unforgettable images. Changing seasons of rural life on the bank of river Ganga matured into a sense of poetry and language. Wonder years passed chasing steam trains that passed through the fields of my native village. Listening to radio programs made for defense personals was my only window to the outside world. With such a treasure of inspirational experiences a story teller evolved. I am a practicing film maker in Bombay today.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Marketing God and recycling bollywood



''THIS IS THE MILLENIUM OF MIRACLES…''

''SEA WATER HAS TURNED SWEET''

''IDOLS HAVE SIPPED ON MILK''

''STATUES HAVE SHED TEARS OF BLOOD''

''REDISCOVER YOUR FAITH''

''COME SEEK HER BLESSINGS''

Inspite of promoting the film on such loud and negative idea of faith, I just wonder after three weeks what must be the marketing team of ‘percept’ thinking about the business of the ‘rediscovering faith’ and ‘marketing god’…

Not a single remake has taken the vision of the old film forward and I think finally Remakes is not supported even by gods …
So its proved -Remakes are human- it has to do with 'ego' and 'personal achievement', it has nothing to do with the 'craft' and 'vision of cinema'...

Lets think of some creative titles/films list of films which can be 're-cycled' .

[Except ‘munna bhai’ and ‘krish’ whose remake rights is being already negotiated by the producers and a lead super star of Bollywood…]

36 Comments:

Blogger babasko said...

or me the whole point of doing a remake is to advance or add to or modernize the story told in the original.

and that happens as you say in very few movies.

the reason to remake a film in a different language, like Yuva or a lot of french fims that where remade in Hollywood is not artisically interesting. Thats is pure commercial interest.

I have not seen Don but from what I read in the reviews Farhan at least tried to "advance" or modernize its story. I can´t say if he succeded though.

Movies I think oculd be remade that come to my mind are films based on novel, because these novels usually leave enough room for a new view on the story. Old original scripts though.. Hmm I guess I have to think about that a bit longer.

Btw. A remake that worked very well for me was Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana becuase it at least partly is a newer take on MPK


PS. great to have you back. we missed you :-) i hope you only were "good" busy

6:41 AM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste babasko,
i second you on making films on literary works,what exactly i liked in 'devdas' is 'paro' meeting 'chandramukhi'...this was new imagination added by sanjay which looked very plausible and may be sharat chandra must have agreed to it too...
'saheb biwi aur gulaam'and 'guide'are better films then actual work...
thank you for the good wishes.
happy bolly-blogging...
i missed it all too,
cheers
jhaji.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Hiren said...

You are right. Even movies like "Don" and "Umrao Jaan" simply do not match up with the originals.It only proves the old adage that a copy is a copy after all. The old movie was a super hit.

Thanks for your visit and remarks.

3:50 AM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste and you are welcome hiren.
keep dropping in
cheers
jhaji.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Originals r always the best.

btw Sanjay I couldnt u'stand what u said in Hindi in my blog. So plz translate it to English :) tnxxx!

Keshi.

6:02 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste keshi,
i second you. originals are the best, but there is not any issue in remakes too,all my point is that we should have a vision for remakes...
keep dropping
cheers
jhaji.

PS-english is still a foreign language for me,will try to translate it in future,the refference poem was in praise and related to post anyways...lol.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Mindinside said...

What kind of films ur gonna make in the future?:)

9:16 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste
original for sure...
cheers.
jhaji.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Kalpana said...

I think remake is common in film industry and marketing has become mandatory. Without publicity, nothing works fast.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Neers said...

:) whats new with your projects, Sanjay??

and heyy, thanks!

4:34 AM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste kalpana,
you are right about publicity,but what kind of publicity...,
remakes are welcome.
thank you for dropping in
cheers
jhaji.

6:59 AM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste neers,
trying to put together my new film,
its never ending struggle...
thank you for sweet concern,
its encouraging
cheers
jhaji.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

Hi Sanjay

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love all of yours.. I'm crazy about Bollywood!

Take care,
Serena

9:30 AM  
Blogger Ajit Chouhan said...

Pranam Jha jee,

I think it's unfair to compare two different work of art.For any artist or any Director the theme or the script is a medium of expression.I think every one has the right to express thoughts on a given subject the way they want to.We may or may not like it,but I think every story needs to be repackaged for a new generation.

After all movies are medium of telling stories,so why not follow the 21st centuary definition of literacy as given by Tolfer"learn ,unlearn and relearn".

12:52 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste serena,
bollywood jindabaad...lol.
happy bolly-blogging
keep dropping in
cheers
jhaji.

6:13 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste ajit,
'learn,unlearn and re-learn'such a magical concept,lets practice it...
and i second you on rights of experssion,but what about spreading misconceptions in the name of 'marketing' and that too in art...
anyways we are all in the same boat...lol.
cheers
jhaji.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Priyangini said...

namaste sanjayji, pleasantly surprised to learn who you are. Feel a peculiar pride that you visited my blog and liked it. agree with you about the remakes business. It does reflect the ego of the maker but sometimes it is garbed as a 'tribute' or maybe even as 'i-can-do-it-better' belief. though sometimes it succeeds too. one good example of a remake is 'dil hai ke manta nahi' which to a certain extent is a remake of 'chori chori' which ofcourse was dhapofied from 'Roman holiday' if I am not wrong.

i don't know what you term as vision in a remake because just changes in the sets loud, garish havelis (Devdas) or gadgets and gizmos (Don) don't really reflect the vision do they?

10:52 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste priyangini,
thank you for dropping in.i love blogging and do it very passionately,i get to learn so much.
i second you for your views and we are talking the same thing...
happy blogging
cheers
jhaji.


PS-loved the word 'dhapofied'got to hear after long time...lol.
why your blogger-profile does'nt take one to your blog...

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi!

10:39 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste indian boy
thank you for dropping in
will look forward for your comments
happy blogging
cheers
jhaji.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Vikas said...

hello sanjay..

iam glad that i came across ur blog and thanks for visiting my blog..

hope to see you oftent

1:03 AM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste vikas
and thank you for dropping in
happy blogging
cheers
jhaji.

6:43 AM  
Anonymous NZ said...

Hmmm, talking of remakes, wonder how the new Sholay is coming along and what fate will it meet at the box-office ??

Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving your comment. Was surprised to find that we have AOL in common too :-)

1:07 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste NZ
sholay is awited by all bollywood lovers...
jai gurudev
cheers
jhaji.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Marketing God" Huh... :)

n ya abt recycling bollywood... Apparently Dhoom2 is good… wht do u say?

2:37 PM  
Blogger Wild Reeds said...

Creativity seems to have suffered a stasis with the passing of RD Burman in music. It's as if the current industry has nothing new left to say. Ironic in a time that India as a whole is in such a state of flux.

2:55 AM  
Blogger ~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

hey !

thanx for stopping by !

"Jai Santoshi Maa" has been recycled quite a few times, hasnt it ?

i feel religious films should be a bit under control .. u never know whose emotions u might be hurting

10:10 PM  
Blogger ~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

i know abt the "praan jaye par shan na jaye " movie .. my close friend is a huggggggggggge fan of the movie [:)]

10:18 PM  
Anonymous silkboard said...

Came here via a link on another blog and I see Sultanganj. Oh God, I too call that region my native place. My father was born at a village near Asarganj :)

8:00 AM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste dhaval
thank you for dropping.
let me know how did you like D-2.
happy bolly blogging
cheers
jhaji.

7:14 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste wild reeds
lets hope for the best.
cheers,
jhaji.

7:15 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste deepa
thank you for dropping in
cheers
jhaji.

7:16 PM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste silkboard,
nice to meet you,and thank you for dropping in.
asarganj is 13km away from my town 'sultanganj'and one has to getdown at sultanganj station to go to asarganj.i have been there it comes on the way to 'DEOGHAR'.
cheers
jhaji.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

namaste sanjayji
thanks for coming by my blog. i second third and fourth the idea that remaking is a bad idea... i hated don and umroa both, i don't blame the director or the actors its probably with our mindset, we had associated don with amitabh and uj with rekha

2:37 AM  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste monika
thank you.
happy bolly-blogging.
cheers
jhaji.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i give a fcuk about having remakes. Honestly speaking... all that I care about is that a movie should be good, realistic and entertaining. A social message along with it is always appreciated. Look at Rang De Basanti, it wasnt a remake. At the same time, Devdas although being a remake is a great film too. Right now everyone wants to join the bandwagon but if a director feels he can remake a film in a better way, then so be it. i got nuthin against it.

What I really don't like is movies with no head or tail. Just came back after watching Dhoom 2. Hrithik seems to have made his mind to do shitty films. I'm gonna shoot myself if I had to see D:2 again but Jha ji, what genre does ur new film belong to? I havent seen Strings either but i liked PJPSNJ. The one character that I loved in that film was Mahesh Manjrekar's. The scene where Raveena Tandon's husband needs to shit was hillarious. Seriously you should try your hands at a fultoo comedy, it'll rock. Just don't get carried away like Priyadarshan... or a Malamaal Weekly will be made.

7:57 AM  

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