Harshvardhan Kulkarni Says Badhaai Do Isn’t Inspired by Korean Movie “Two Weddings and a Funeral”
With Korean culture overwhelming us all and the growing popularity of Korean content, it’s no surprise that our Bollywood filmmakers are taking a look at Kdramas and movies and getting inspired. When the trailer for Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar’s Badhaai Do was released on January 25, some sections of the public were quick to spot its similarities to a hit South Korean queer film Two Weddings and a Funeral.
When we reached out to director Harshvardhan Kulkarni for comment, he warmly welcomed our questions and helped clarify that his film had nothing to do with Kim Jho Kwang-soo’s directing. “I heard about this story today from a comment someone left on YouTube that the movie looked like something like this,” he said, continuing that the concept Lavender wedding is as common as runaway weddings.
“The concept here is the marriage of lavender, which is like ‘bhaag ke shaadi kiya hai’. There will be thousands of films in this genre. Likewise, there might be other Lavender Wedding movies but we haven’t heard of them. I didn’t know about the movie until someone told me about it today. So we are definitely not inspired by any movie. And when you see the characters, you’ll realize that it’s extremely original and the story is told organically. The concept, yes, has been around for a long time.”
For those unfamiliar with the term, the lavender marriage is essentially a marriage of convenience or a mixed-orientation marriage done to hide one’s sexual orientation (or that of both partners) and protect oneself from social stigma.
Asked about the influence of Korean culture and whether the hunter director personally indulged in it, he gave an answer we didn’t expect. He revealed to us that when Korean movies first started gaining popularity in India, most were pirated, and the filmmaker who stayed true to his craft missed out on several good productions because he doesn’t believe in piracy.
“In our film institute, we used to watch a lot of movies, but the Korean thing didn’t take off back then. And as soon as I got out of the institute, Korean films had this push and were all seen on DVDs, VCDs and VHS tapes. They were all pirated and I was anti-piracy. It was my policy. So I ended up not watching any movies because they were all pirated or downloaded or uploaded to torrent sites. I only watched the movies that came on legit platforms and it started happening now. So now I’m exploring a bit, but not everything is available”, the Hunterrr
said the director.
However, he added that other members of his family, like his daughter and niece, are fans of all things Korean and follow their music, food and culture.
Coming back to Badhaai Do, the movie will hit theaters on February 11.
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