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Copycat Alert: Chennai Express Takes Inspiration From Mungaaru Male!

Written by: Prakash Upadhyaya

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan's many movies have come under remake scanner in the last several years. Especially, his hit films in the recent years had close resemblances with Kannada movies. Now, his latest movie Chennai Express directed by Rohit Shetty, a Kannadiga, too has some connections to Sandalwood.

Before getting into the latest issue, let us look at his earlier movies, which were accused of being remakes of Kannada flicks. Way back in 2004, when his Swades hit the screens, Kannada audience were surprised looking at the storyline of the Hindi movie!

It is because the film had a similar story to Shivaraj Kumar starrer Chigurida Kanasu. The Kannada movie was a screen-adaptation of Jnanapeeth laureate Shivaram Karanth's acclaimed literary work of the same name. It was directed by TS Nagabharana.

Chigurida Kanasu was a commercial disaster but it bagged four state awards. It was the story about a man from Delhi, searching his roots and landing in his native place. After coming to a village called Bangaadi, he decides to change the fate of the village.

Whereas in Swades, Shahrukh Khan, an NRI, returns to India and does the same thing as Shivanna did in Chigurida Kanasu. Later, Kannada media picked up the issue and TS Nagabharana too said that the Hindi movie resembled Chigurida Kanasu to a large extent.

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