India has been emulating the Western culture ever since the British rule! In the last few years, Bollywood has been known for imitating and adapting movie concepts from Hollywood. Where are the days when our story concepts used to be original and creative? Is the age of original cinema dying? Are we starting to be okay with imitations? ‘Cause most of the movies in the list below went on to do well at the box office. Here is a list of Bollywood movies copied and ‘highly inspired’ from Hollywood movies.
1. Aitraaz (2004) – Disclosure (1994)
Priyanka Chopra’s debut film for which she was highly praised by the critics and won the BFJA award for best actress, was adapted from the American movie Disclosure. The movie was so Indianised that it couldn’t be identified from where it was taken.
2. Murder (2004) – Unfaithful (2002)
‘Murder’ was a major breakthrough for Emraan Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat. The 2004 erotic thriller movie directed by Anurag Basu. Murder 3 was also an official remake of the Spanish movie ‘The Hidden Fac’e.
3. Race (2008) – Goodbye Lover (1998)
4. Baazigar (1993) – A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
Shah Rukh Khan was highly appreciated for his performance in ‘Baazigar’. The stalker-ish lover story was inspired by the Hollywood film ‘A Kiss Before Dying’. King Khan won the Filmfare award for best actor. This was also Shilpa Shetty’s debut film.
5. Bang Bang (2014) – Knight And Day (2010)
‘Bang Bang’ was a total imitation from the movie ‘Knight And Day’ starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. In both the stories, the main lead is somewhat deranged yet mysterious. Not only the concept, but they went a step ahead and copied some of the scenes from the Hollywood film as well.
6. Munna Bhai MBBS (2003) – Patch Adams (1998)
7. Agneepath (1990) – Scarface (1983)
8. Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) – The Hard Way (1991)
10. Bunty Aur Babli (2005) – Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
Not only the concept, but even the title is inspired – ‘Bunty and Babli’ seems to have a stark resemblance to ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ in which a couple loots people around. As much as we love Hollywood movies, we’d appreciate it if Bollywood took a pledge to be original and creative and stopped giving us crappy versions of already made movies.