The movie Chhoti Si Baat Inspired/Copied from School for Scoundrels. School for Scoundrels is a 1960 British comedy film inspired by the “Gamesmanship” series of books by Stephen Potter. Henry Palfrey (Ian Carmichael) is a failure in sport and love, and the easy victim of conmen and employees alike. He enrolls at the “School of Lifemanship” in Yeovil, run by Dr. Potter (Alastair Sim), who teaches him how to win in life and get the better of his rival (Terry-Thomas). Chhoti Si Baat has copied almost all scenes from the movie. A few scenes/songs are added and some changes are made like tennis replaced by table tennis or car replaced by bike.
Here is the scene from School for Scoundrels where Henry plays tennis with his rival. There is a similar scene in Chhoti Si Baat where Amol Palekar and Asrani play table tennis.
Here is the scene from School for Scoundrels where Dr. Potter talks about the world being divided into winners and losers. There is a similar scene in Chhoti Si Baat where Ashok Kumar’s character says the same thing.
Here is the restaurant scene from School for Scoundrels which was also copied in Chhoti Si Baat.
You can watch the entire movie School for Scoundrels here. Scenes like Amol Palekar getting conned by the mechanics and getting back at them, Amol Palekar annoying Asrani at table tennis are all copied from here.
And here is Chhoti Si Baat for comparison.Tags: Alastair Sim Amol Palekar Ashok Kumar Basu Chatterjee Chhoti Si Baat Copied Exclusive Ian Carmichael Inspired Janette Scott Plagiarism Robert Hamer School for Scoundrels Tanqeed Film Festival Terry-Thomas Vidya Sinha