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KNOCK OUT - Movie Review : A copied version of PHONE BOOTH, inspired from our own A WEDNESDAY made with the right intentions of creating awareness. (Review By Bobby Sing)
16 Oct, 2010 | Movie Reviews / 2010 Releases

If a film has to be judged only on the basis of noble intentions behind its making and its main aim of generating some awareness among the viewers (about their own money) then KNOCK OUT works in one way. But if the movie has to be judged as per its style of making, taking into account the various sources of its inspiration then KNOCK OUT is a complete waste of time, money, effort and creativity put in by one and all in the project.

In other words, to describe it as a movie, let’s keep Joel Shumacher’s PHONEBOOTH and our own Neeraj Pandey’s A WEDNESDAY together in a mixer and then mix it to have a new crispier and designer product to sell out in the market. That’s what Mani Shanker’s KNOCK OUT is in a nutshell. Taking its major inspiration of execution from PHONEBOOTH and then incorporating the national awareness theme adapted by a common man from A WEDNESDAY, Mani Shanker comes up with his own project which unfortunately stands no-where close to any of its originals (if you have seen them both). In fact for the viewers who are well familiar with both of the above mentioned classics, KNOCK OUT remains a completely inspired and unwanted project which very childishly tries to take away the credit of the works done by the other filmmakers previously.

So for me, the moment I witnessed its clear unaccepted and unacknowledged link with PHONEBOOTH, the movie lost all its meaning and importance of being an Irfan Khan, Sanjay Dutt or Mani Shankar film. It was extremely shocking to see both Irfan & Sanjay doing the roles which are nothing but the copy of the work of others. This once again raises the same question that Are these well known actors so uninformed or unaware of the roles they are assigned to do by their directors? OR Are they only interested in the monetary rewards they are getting in return? With the body of work associated with both Imran Khan & Sanjay Dutt, there is no way that they may have not seen the hugely famous English film PHONEBOOTH and the Hit Hindi movie A Wednesday. Still they readily agreed to do exactly similar roles as seen in these two films is indeed questionable.

As far as the movie is concerned, Mani Shanker continues to show his fascination with Electronic Gadgets, Computers and Passwords as earlier used in his 16 December. His intention of making the people of India aware of the amount of money deposited by the Indian Politicians in Swiss Banks is appreciable. But his choice of executing the same by the means of copying is not acceptable. The film is simply PHONEBOOTH made in Hindi before intermission which starts moving towards becoming A WEDNESDAY in its second half. Performances too in the film have nothing much to write about as they have all just performed like a routine job including the versatile Irfan Khan.

And with a court verdict coming in the news today about the original makers of PHONEBOOTH wining the case against KNOCK OUT, there is nothing more to say about this latest example of Bollywood copying from the West.

Ratings : No Rating as its simply a rip-off.


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16 Oct 2010 / Comments ( 3 )
Kucku

A stupid fucked up movie with a copycat storyline raped and plagiarized from the english film "Phone Booth". This is very Bollywood. ... always full of pirated ideas from Hollywood blockbusters.

sudharsan
Fuck all the producers, they do not have creativity to do something on their own? This shows the country is behind US more than 55 years, this PHONEBOOTH concept was first discussed by the film's director to Alfred Hitchcock and it was somehow dismissed, and in 2000, the director again decided to come down with the screen play. The guys in India, sit comfortably in a couch, play few cassettes of Hollywood, write down the script, the saddest part being, reluctant enough not even bothering to get legal permissions from the Fox. Pity God!, and 100 Lakh is the penalty for copyright infringement and these guys make some sensational profit, ? Rip these guys and shoot down.
Bobby Sing

Hi Sudarshan,
This is a norm in Bollywood from years. However now we are fast learning to make Official Remakes instead of cheap copies and have started following the right track, but still the "inspiration act" has not vanished completely.

Cheers!

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