Bollywood has taken inspiration from many film industries worldwide over the years. Most of us have seen at least one Bollywood movie with a narrative resembling one famous Hollywood movie. You may have often seen moments that were fully taken from other films.
Many successful movies, such as Sarkar and Hum Tum, were remakes of Hollywood films. Sarkar is a remake of the cult classic The Godfather, whereas Hum Tum was a version of the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. Numerous Bollywood movies are influenced by western and South cinema. They might not always be as good as the original content. However, there are instances when they are much better.
Here, We’re presenting a long list of Bollywood remakes of Hollywood films, some of which are highly inspired by the original films and others which are exact replicas.
Ghajini to Milenge Milenge: Bollywood movies that are remakes of Hollywood movies
Ghajini – Memento
Ghajini (2008) is a Bollywood remake of Christopher Nolan’s 2000 masterpiece, Memento. The film, which stars the Perfectionist himself, is a real treat. Memento is one of the best Hollywood films, and Ghajini does it justice. The stories are not identical, but Guy Pearce’s film heavily influences Ghajini. Both films are about a man who suffers from anterograde amnesia after a violent incident, losing his memory every 15 minutes. Ghajini was a huge hit, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year and the first Bollywood film to cross the 100 crore mark domestically. A.R. Murugadoss directed the film.
Bang Bang! – Knight and Day
Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif star in this official remake of Knight and Day. The story revolves around a mysterious international criminal on the run, whose encounter with a bank receptionist sets in sequence a series of events filled with action sequences. The film, directed by Siddharth Anand, was praised for its action sequences and beautiful cinematography. Despite mostly negative reviews from critics, the film was a huge commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Indian films. Despite not having the best narrative, the film was enjoyable due to the action and comedy.
Sarkar – The Godfather
When Ram Gopal Varma was still in his good conscience, he expertly adapted Copolla’s saga about a crime family to Maharashtra, bringing to the screen the real-life father-son duo of Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan. Abhishek Bachchan delivered a knockout performance closely modeled on Al Pacino’s Michael, ably supported by actors such as Kay Kay Menon and Zakir Hussain.
Black -The Miracle Worker
The remake, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was based on the 1962 biographical film about American author Helen Keller and her tutor Anne Sullivan. Amitabh Bachchan played the tutor in the Indian remake, where he educated Rani Mukherji’s character despite suffering from Alzheimer’s. Sanjay Leela Bhansali did an admirable job.
Life In A…Metro – The Apartment
The Anurag Basu-directed film captured the New York fatigue in Mumbai without being too respectful, following the lives of a few select individuals surviving in an urban space. The Bollywood version featured some fantastic music by Pritam and a cast that included Kangana Ranaut, Kay Kay Menon, and Irrfan. Out of this world!
Shaurya – A Few Good Men
Samar Khan’s Shaurya was never going to compete with Sorkin’s machine-gun dialogue. However, despite the lackluster performances of Rahul Bose and Javed Jaaferri, the film is saved by Deepak Dobriyal’s quiet grace and an explosive Kay Kay Menon. Menon accomplishes the unthinkable by outdoing Nicholson’s stunning performance.
Phir Milenge – Philadelphia
Another Jonathan Demme film serves as a reference for Bollywood. Revathy changed the protagonist to a woman whose employer fired after being diagnosed with HIV. Although Shilpa Shetty and Salman Khan are no match for Tom Hanks (who won Best Actor) and Denzel Washington, the film has a quiet grace.
Bheja Fry – Le Diner De Cons
No one cared that the French film strongly inspired the story, thanks to Vinay Pathak’s brilliant performance as Bharat Bhushan. Moreover, the main character and Ranvir Shorey’s character in the Bollywood remake had a hilarious sense of humor, making the film successful.
Aamir – Cavitè
Rajkumar Gupta’s suspenseful thriller was inspired by a Filipino-American film in which an outsider visiting his family is informed that his family is being held, hostage. And they will be killed unless he follows a series of phone instructions. Rajeev Khandelwal plays the lead character wonderfully in the Bollywood version of the story. Amit Trivedi’s soundtrack is fantastic in Aamir.
Kyo Ki.. Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta – Liar Liar
Liar Liar is one of Jim Carey’s most popular movies, in which he plays a lawyer who loses his ability to lie, resulting in a comedy of errors. The concept so inspired Bollywood that they decided to make their own film, Kyo Ki.. Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta. Govinda, the lead in this one, played a lawyer who was dealing with a similar problem.
Partner – Hitch
Not long ago, Will Smith starred in Hitch as a relationship counselor. Bollywood had already produced a remake within two years of its initial release. Salman Khan starred in the Hindi remake of Hitch, which was titled Partner, and Govinda was the one who sought advice from the on-screen mentor.
Fool N Final – Snatch
Even after obtaining the script from a foreign country, Fool N Final performed poorly at the box office. The Bollywood film takes its inspiration from the British film Snatch. It has a similar storyline and portrayal.
Salaam-e-Ishq – Love, Actually
Salaam-E-Ishq is highly influenced by Love, Actually, as it follows the narrative of various couples who, in various forms, have an impact on each other’s lives – just like the former.
Dil Bole Haddippa – She’s the man
Dil Bole Hadippa sounds like a compelling story in which a girl disguises herself as a man in order to participate in her favorite sport. However, the plot is based on Hollywood’s She’s The Man, in which the lead aspires to be a soccer player but is limited by her sexual identity.
Dostana – Now I pronounce you Chuck and Larry
Dostana by YRF was a big change in Bollywood. The film’s concept, on the other hand, was not unique. The Bollywood film is based on the Hollywood film Now I Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.
Bunty aur Babli – Bonnie and Clyde
Bunty aur Babli, a 2005 Bollywood hit, inspires Hollywood’s all-time classic Bonnie and Clyde. The iconic Bonnie and Clyde are even known to Indian audiences as a result of the film’s global success.
Tees Maar Khan – After the Fox
Tees Maar Khan’s creators were always inspired by Peter Seller’s work, as evidenced by their adaptation of his hit film After the Fox. The plot is identical, with Seller establishing an entire village in order to carry out a heist. Like Seller, Akshay Kumar plays the lead in this one.
God Tussie Great Ho (2008) – Bruce Almighty (2003)
Silly comedy films to match the Bollywood elegance and cinematic techniques like it’s nobody’s business, so remaking a Jim Carrey film had to happen sooner or later. Unfortunately, God Tussie Great Ho was not well received by Indian audiences, so, unlike its Hollywood counterpart, no unnecessary spin-offs were produced.
Players (2012) – The Italian Job (1969)
Like many others before it, this film is the perfect example of a successful Hollywood film failing to make a significant impact in Bollywood. While the remake followed the original’s plot almost exactly, it simply couldn’t live up to the original’s expectations. The Italian Job entertained many people because it was such a brilliant film, but Bollywood went to great lengths to make it drivel. Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu, Sonam Kapoor, and Neil Nitin Mukesh played the lead roles. It tore our hearts to see the over-the-top action, which was overly laced with humor and drama.
Kyon Ki (2005) – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
When you try to remake Cuckoo’s Nest, you know you’re never going to come close to the original. Nobody could, and nobody should. Kyon Ki is a decent enough attempt to do what Cuckoo’s Nest did 30 years before.
Serendipity remake starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. However, Bollywood experimented with this perfect romantic plot in its way, making it perfect with no crap all connecting sequences. Unfortunately, Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor went overboard with their emotions in this one, and the direction was a disaster.
Leap Year – 2010 (Jab We Met- 2007)
Jab We Met is about a girl who makes a special effort to meet her boyfriend but meets someone who helps her finish the trip but eventually falls in love with him. The film starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor was a box office success.
Anand Tucker’s Leap Year has a similar story in which a woman wants to propose to her boyfriend but develops feelings for someone she met on her journey. Imtiaz Ali was delighted when he discovered that his film had inspired a Hollywood film.
Kaante (2002) and Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Sanjay Gupta’s critically acclaimed Hindi remake of Quentin Tarantino’s first film, Reservoir Dogs. Tarantino has stated that Kaante is his favorite of the international remakes of Reservoir Dogs.
The story of a gang of strangers brought together to rob a bank is told in the Hollywood version, which stars Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, and Michael Madsen. When the robbery goes wrong, and one of the members is shot, the others wonder if the mission was an ambush!
Kaante, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Lucky Ali, and Mahesh Manjrekar, begins with the premise of a group of people wrongfully imprisoned similar to The Usual Suspects. But, in addition, unlike the Hollywood version, our boys have motivations for being crooks.
Heyy Baby (2007) and Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Sajid Khan remade Leonard Nimoy’s classic comedy Three Men and a Baby, starring Ted Danson, Tom Selleck, and Steve Guttenberg, with Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh Fardeen Khan, and Vidya Balan.
Three bachelors live their best Casanova lives without getting in trouble until a mysterious baby is delivered on their doorstep one day. The boys then try to figure out which of them is the baby’s father by contacting all of the women they’ve had relationships within a haphazard manner.
Each of them forms an unlikely yet strong bond with the baby along the way until the mother enters the picture. The hilarious comedy was a hit in both Bollywood and Hollywood, and it even spawned a sequel.
Sanjay Gupta adapted Park Chan-2003 Wook’s South Korean thriller, glossing over the gore and nudity of the original. On the other hand, Gupta was more than capable of capturing that sense of dread and doom, which worked well for Sanjay Dutt, who delivered a career-best performance.
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