'Our Hospitality' to Maryada Ramanna

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Plagiarism is nothing new to our industry its being done from ages but what really is sad that even in today’s internet age people passing on plagiarized works as original and taking credit for it. A little credit to original during the titles wouldn’t have done anyone any harm, we suppose. Take the example of Maryada Ramanna. The plot of the movie is lifted from a very old movie called Our Hospitality(1923) and the coincidences are just too many to be called an inspiration. Just a small google on Our Hospitality will lead one to the roots of Maryada Ramanna.

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  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Hospitality

    The Canfield and McKay families have been feuding for so long, no one remembers the reason the feud got started in the first place.

    One stormy night in 1810, after yet another McKay falls victim to the feud, one of the McKay women decides her son, Willie McKay (Buster Keaton Jr.), will not suffer the same fate. She sends him to New York to live with an aunt, who raises him without telling him of the feud.

    Twenty-one years later, Willie (now played by Buster Keaton Sr.) receives a letter informing him his father has died. His aunt tells him of the feud, but he decides to return to his birthplace anyway, to claim his father’s estate.

    On the train ride, he meets a girl, Virginia (played by Keaton’s wife, Natalie Talmadge). They are shy to each other at first, but once they arrive (after many train malfunctions), she invites him to dinner at her house. She is greeted by her family, the Canfields. Soon the Canfield paterfamilias knows the young McKay is in town and he’s coming to dinner that night. He affirms the blood feud will continue but decrees that McKay must not die in the Canfield house. His sons take this to mean that anywhere beyond the walls of the house, Willie is fair game. The father refers to this as “our hospitality”, a fictionalized version of the Southern code of hospitality.

    Meanwhile, McKay is oblivious to the seriousness of his situation, and manages to dodge bullets without really meaning to. The McKay estate turns out to be perfectly uninhabitable.

    Soon after arriving to the Canfield house McKay learns both that he is in the Canfields’ house and that they will not kill him inside. A parson comes to visit. After a while, the parson prepares to leave, but opening the door he finds a tremendous downpour of rain outside. The Canfield patriarch insists the parson stay at the house that night. McKay invites himself to stay the night also.

    The next morning, McKay does his best to stay inside the house while the Canfield men try to put him out. After the father catches McKay kissing his daughter, McKay decides he can no longer keep trying to stay in the house. He leaves, but putting on a woman’s dress first.

    He’s able to elude the Canfield men all the way to the mountain and the waterfalls. Virginia goes after him and winds up at the edge of the waterfalls. McKay rescues her.

    It grows dark and the Canfield men decide they can kill McKay the next day. Back home they find the gun cabinet completely empty, and in another room they see the parson has married Willie and Virginia. The father reluctantly blesses the union and calls off the feud, and then Willie surrenders all the guns he took from the gun cabinet.

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