While a lot of curiosity has gathered around the upcoming Telugu film Eega, buzz is that a certain amount of ‘inspiration’ has been borrowed for the film from an Australian short film. Our sources say that Eega/Makkhi has a very strong resemblance to the shorts titled Cockroach made by filmmaker Luke Eve. Cockroach released in Australia in March, 2010.
Our source points out, “In both the film, the protagonist dies and is reincarnated as an insect to lay their claim on their old love. In Cockroach, a rom-com, the protagonist gets run down by his own wedding car and returns to his girlfriend as an insect, hoping she will recognise him.” In Eega, the protagonist gets killed by the villain and he returns as a fly to seek revenge.
The source adds, “In fact, there are certain recurring sequences how attempts are made to kill the insect with brooms, newspapers and even insect killers.” Shorts enthusiast Cyrus Dastur says, “Several short film fans have pointed out how both the films bear stark resemblance.”