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Tamil Film Roja adapted from Sunflower?

Is it correct that, another movie from veteran Indian director, Mani Ratnam, “ROJA” is an adaptation of an old Hollywood movie, “SUNFLOWER”?. Our cinema lab, cinemala.com, found traces of “SUNFLOWER” in “ROJA”. Even the name, “ROJA” in Tamil meaning, “ROSE”. And the original movie, “SUNFLOWER” holding a title of another flower. Is this accidental or, Mr Mani Ratnam spending more time in watching old Hollywood  and other language super hits? I believe that in this case also, the very same formula of copying core theme from  Hollywood movies and then adding some Tamil culture flavors by casting a beautiful young heroine, with 4 or 5 songs, finally garnishing with hi-tech sequences.
All readers, watch both movies and comment here..

Directed by:Mani Ratnam
Starring: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo bala, Pankaj Kapoor
Country: India
Release date:15 August 1992


Directed by: Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni
Country: France
Release date: 1970

1 comment:

  1. It is a big stupidity if if u any one says ROJA is
    Copy of SUNFLOWER. Ii is an original Indian Content.
    The theme of the Film Roja is taken from
    our Indian Purana Story 'SATHYAVAAN SAVITHRI'.
    The plot of the Film Sunflower is very diferrent
    from Roja.

    Th plot of the Film Sunflower is:

    Giovanna (Sophia Loren) and Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni) get married to delay Antonio's deployment during World War II. After that buys them twelve days of happiness, they try another scheme, in which Antonio pretends to be a crazy man. Finally, Antonio is sent to the Russian Front. When the war is over, Antonio does not return and is listed as missing in action. Despite the odds, Giovanna is convinced her true love has survived the war and is still in Russia. Determined, she journeys to Russia to find him.

    In Russia, Giovanna visits the sunflower fields, where there is supposedly one flower for each fallen Italian soldier, and where the Germans forced the Italians to dig their own mass graves. Eventually, Giovanna finds Antonio, but by now he has started a second family with a woman who saved his life, and they have one daughter. Childless, having been faithful to her husband, Giovanna returns to Italy, heartbroken, but unwilling to disrupt her love's new life. Some years later, Antonio returns to Giovanna, asking her to come back with him to Russia. Meanwhile, Giovanna has tried to move on with her own life, moving out of their first home together and into her own apartment. She has started dating again, has given birth to a baby boy, and is living as a single parent. He explains his new life, how war changes a man, how safe he felt with his new woman after years of death. Unwilling to ruin Antonio's daughter's or her own new son's life, Giovanna refuses to leave Italy, expressing an intense emotional maturity in her choice. As they part, Antonio gives her a fur, which he had promised years before that he'd bring back for her. The lovers lock eyes as Antonio's train takes him away from Giovanna, and from Italy, forever.