So 'Saawariya' is "inspired". What else?
[...] even this hot-shot director whose name begins with S, as does the title of his upcoming big-budget film that is coming, soon, to your friendly neighborhood multiplex.(from this article) Any cinephiliac monkey with an IQ over 50 can tell that 'S' stands for Sanjay Leela Bhansali: so much for the subtlety of Rediff's anonymous prose. But one doesn't think this was meant to be subtle.
[...] But when our directors lift plots wholesale from masterworks of world cinema [...], they are hailed as hit-makers or, in the case of 'S', as visionary directors who wear black to awards functions and glory in their cutting edge 'creativity'.
To be fair to Bhansali: the Italian film (Le Notti bianche) cited as the original of his latest "Saawariya" is in turn from a Fyodor Dostoyevsky story (credited in that film), so it is not necessary that he has ripped off the film; he could claim the story as source. We do not know yet whether the Man in Black has duly credited it himself. However, given the lack of attribution in Black, one is inclined to nod in favour of the Rediff writer.
I suppose the larger point is this: remake and reuse by all means, but do not, as filmmakers here unnecessarily do even in this internet age, attempt to hide this fact. It is a feat even to execute a remake efficiently. However, claim originality and you deserve mud on your fine velvet robes.