Have you ever heard a killer joke or amazing anecdote from a friend and tried to tell it again in a different setting to look cool? Well, it seems that Bollywood movie producers have tried to make money out of this process.And that’s so not cool. You won’t believe how many Indian movies there are that were total ripped off from some Hollywood movies.Some of these plagiarized movies have also been big successes on the box office. Today we will look at the top ten Indian movies with copied stories from other films. Just brace yourself, because there are many beloved movie titles in this list!
Let’s start with the most obvious one. HrithikRoshan’sblockbuster was a smooth remake of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.RakeshRoshan even came on record to say that ‘Koi Mil Gaya is not India E.T.” But bro…it is! Giving credit where it is due, the songs of the movie were an absolute blast – which was obviously not from the Hollywood. And it will also be fair to say that the writers did manage to give a thoroughly Indian touch to the movie, with street fights, and heartbroken lad’s love story. However, that basketball match where kids were flying around the field, that certainly wasn’t believable and not from Hollywood minds either. But if you have seen the 1982”s Hollywood movie, you will not be thrilled with the Indian sci-fi.
Look at the courage of this film’s team that did not even other to change the title! It’s rather amusing, because at least then from the get go you know what you are in for.The directors decided to shift the focus from a lead woman to a lead man, as in the original movie it was the girl who realized her feelings for her best friend when he was to marry someone else, and in the Indian version the lead man took this role upon his shoulders.However, this movie could not do well on the Indian cinema. Better luck for next rip off, Sanjay Gadhvi!
This is a particularly painful entry in this list, not only because this storyline was deeply sad, but also because the plagiarized version was absolutely awful. With stories as brilliant as Jack Nicholsan’sOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, it is almost justifiable to make a remake so even Hindi cinema audiences can become familiar with the story. However, when the intention is not to translate such beautiful work, but to gain points for something that you haven’t done, the result is as awful as Priyadarshan’sKiun Ki… The dark humor, the despicable villain, and the brilliant chemistry between mental asylum patients – everything that was awesome in the Hollywood original were complete disaster the Indian cheat-piece.
Oh what pain it is to watch 2 hours and 42 minutes of a poorly copied version of such a delightful original movie that has transcended generations in its appeal. A solid, heartwarming movie was forced into an over dramatic melodrama for the Indian audiences. Also, isn’t it too much when cruises and a side love story just have to be there for it to be a Bollywood production? Ajay’s son in the Indian remake is told this whole story just to convince him to ask out a woman he likes. That was the most beautiful part of the original, where the whole movie convinces the viewers to take heart and go after what they love. Long story short, this was a major disappointment, even if judged on the levels of copy-paste.
This is one of those few films that deserve to be dearly beloved even if they are a rip-off. First of all, the directors of this 2003 Indian blockbuster hit had just the right idea of how much to change for an adaptation. The Hollywood version is a classier and more humanitarian oriented, while Munna Bhai just ended up helping people because he was nice like that, and not because his intention was to help people. Furthermore, Robin Williams finds his way into humor being a source of treatment. Munna Bhai never intentionally uses humor on patients. He is just sarcastic and that works perfectly. The love story in the Indian version is also almost completely original. Therefore, while you can find clear inspiration in Munna Bhai MBBS from Patch Adams, it still manages to add just enough originality to remain a work of passion and skill.
If you have seen this Bollywood movie, then the name of the Hollywood original would be enough for you to know that perhaps the name was the only think they got creative about! Here is an interesting fact for you. The script of the Hollywood version was itself based on the 1985 French film Trois hommes et un couffin (Three Men and a Cradle). And there is also a Tamil movie named ‘Asathal’ that released in 2001 before the 2007 Hindi version, with the same story. It seems the ‘adventures of fatherhood for three bachelors with a baby they don’t know whose’ is something globally popular and funny – and apparently needs to be told over and over. Anyway, the third version of the story still managed to make the audiences laughed, and was a box office success as well.
Add some songs, give glossy clothes to leading ladies, and garnish with some cliché gangster dialogues – these elements are not enough to remake a super hit Hollywood movie into a Bollywood super hit movie. Abbad-Mustan seemed to learned this lesson the hard way, because Players tanked on the cinema big time. No offence but Abhishek Bachchan and Neil Nitin Mukesh expected to match Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton was a way too big a leap to work. On the heroines side as well, Bipasha Basu and Sonam Kapoor put together couldn’t do half as good a job as Charlize Theron.
Kamal Hassan tried to fill the shoes of Robin Willaims in the Bollywood version of the Hollywood comedy, and as surprising as it maybe, he did a splendid job. There was a little twist to the story as well, whereby the India version just had a single child and the romance of the parents also travelled at a different level. Although there is no denying that the Bollywood directors took a lot of inspiration from Hollywood, the remake did justice to the old story. The top of the charts performance of Chachi 420 is a proof of that itself.
Even with a remarkably similar story-line, Salman Khan and Govinda’s Partner managed to win the hearts of millions. This is surprising because Will Smith’s Hitch has had a massive success on its record too and Indian viewers are not really unfamiliar with the “Pursuit of Happiness” guy. However, the one thing that was original and cannot be remade anyway was the adorable chemistry between Salman and Govinda. The western language and humor, while appropriate for that cinema, could not have done justice if it was only translated.
This entry might shock you. It shocked us too! But that is not even the worst part. It was when the makers made it a matter of smugness to have come up with ‘such an original’ idea. The storyline of The Miracle Worker is definitely one that should have been brought to the Indian cinema audiences. But the uncanny similarity in how the story progressed, the dynamics between different characters, and pretty much everything that was there to the story made less to be left for Sanjay Leela Bhansali to add. However, the exceptional performance given by Amitabh Bachcha and Rani Mukherji still cannot be discounted as if it was not for them, the movie would have been tanked horribly.
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