So there is this email doing the rounds about why Avtaar deservedly won nothing at the Oscars: it was blatantly based on a 1983 Bollywood masterpiece of the same name, starring the one and only Rajesh Khanna. Consider, for starters, the similarity in posters:
Kaka’s paralyzed hand is reprised in the James Cameron blockbuster. Thus:
Shabhana Azmi’s acting provides the template for Cameron’s character:
And finally — the same dumb expressions on the faces of the protagonists:
Thanks to the friend who sent this in, and who prefers anonymity.
Update: Thanks to a friend on Twitter, found the source. Faking News. Here you go.