I was reading about the storyline of Sanjay Dutt-Aishwarya-Zayed Khan starrer Shabdh and it sounded startlingly similar to the story of a Malayalam movie from early 80’s called Rachana (Creation). Looks like copying is Bollywood’s only original idea 🙂
Rachana was about a middle aged writer with a writer’s block, researching suitable subjects for his next novel. When his wife tells him about this naive young man in her team who is attracted to her, he asks her to play along as idea for his new novel. She reluctantly agrees and shows affection towards the young man.
One day she invites him to her house for dinner. After the dinner, while the young man waits in the bedroom, she introduces him to her husband, the writer. The young man is devastated; The writer is thrilled by the reaction while the wife is upset. The situation takes a nasty twist when the young man commits suicide. The wife becomes a mental patient when she hears about the death. In fact, the movie begins from the scene where doctors write off her case as not curable.
Rachana, written and directed by Mohan became a super hit and triggered a series of touchy, real life movies in Malayalam. I dont know for sure if Shabdh would go the same way; especially since it has been poorly rated in reviews, and more so because the wooden Rai is acting it (Rai? What a stupid choice for a role with such potential; Srividya won the best actress award for her role in the original). I am tempted to check the movie out, but Ash is a deterrent factor — I just cannot stand her acting ‘skills’, if there was/is any.