If there’s one word that doesn’t exist in the dictionary of Bollywood movies, it’s plagiarism. Time and again, the Hindi film industry has picked up concepts from Hollywood and passed them as brand-new stories to the viewers. Ask a director if the movie is a copy of a Hollywood film and they’ll call it an inspiration, or worse a remake. Not just Hollywood, there have been claims of Bollywood picking up concepts from Korean and Japanese films as well. Though some movies have a stark resemblance to the storyline, some were blatantly ripped-off scene-to-scene! And to top it all, no credits or courtesies were extended to the original writers or even the film.
However, it would be wrong to say that Bollywood hasn’t produced good content so far. But, when it comes to being ‘inspired’ by Hollywood, they make sure to paste it exactly like the original. Yes, why put extra effort, at all? And you’ll be surprised to discover how many movies you’ve enjoyed watching were a product of copy & paste. Be it Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin to the iconic Ghajini were all ripped-off from award-winning Hollywood films. Don’t believe us? Watch the Hollywood versions we’ve listed below, and get ready to be stunned.
Here are 12 Bollywood films we bet you loved but were unfortunately second-hand concepts:
12 Bollywood Movies that Were Rip-off of Hollywood films
1. Barfi (2012)
Not one or two, Barfi was an amalgamation of several Hollywood films with scenes blatantly copied from The Adventurer (1917), Cops (1922), City Lights (1931) Singin’ In The Rain (1952), Project A (1983) and The Notebook (2004). And what made the critics go absolutely ballistic was that it was sent as India’s official entry to Oscars! The guts we tell you.
2. Bichhoo (2000)
This Bobby Deol and Rani Mukerji starrer may have been thrilling but it was far from original. The film was a copy of the 90s classic Leon: The Professional (1994) starring Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, and Garry Oldman.
3. Sarkar (2005)
Sarkar starring Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan went on to become a blockbuster at the box office, but it did not deter the critics from pointing out the similarities it had to Hollywood’s cinematic masterpiece, The Godfather (1972). Senior Bachchan may have nailed the role no doubt, but there can only be one Godfather – Marlon Brando.
4. Chachi 420 (1997)
A lot of people are going to hate us for pointing this one out because of how adorable this movie was. Though a blatant copy of Robin William’s Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), we all enjoyed watching Kamal Haasan masquerade as Chachi 420 in the film.
5. Hum Tum (2004)
For all those who haven’t watched When Harry Met Sally (1989) would never know how much Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan’s Hum Tum was similar to the classic. Though retold with a modern and comical twist, the movie buffs were quick to notice how the two films were alike.
6. Munnabhai M.B.B.S (2003)
Who didn’t like Munnabhai M.B.B.S? You read the name and it instantly reminds you of ‘jaadu ki jhappi’ and how much we all enjoyed Munna and Circuit’s chemistry. Unfortunately, the concept was picked up from Robin William’s Patch Adams (1998), wherein a doctor uses humour to treat his patients.
7. Mohabbatein (2000)
When Shah Rukh Khan picked up the violin on screen, the entire nation swayed to his melodious tunes. But did you know Mohabbatein was just a Hindi version of the iconic drama Dead Poet Society (1989)? And, this one had Robin Williams too and the classic dialogue – Oh Captain, my captain.
8. Action Replayy (2010)
Despite having an A-list cast that is Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead roles, Action Replay failed to bring viewers to the theatres. However, it did successfully remind them of the Hollywood classic, Back To The Future (1985), though.
9. Koi…Mil Gaya (2003)
No prizes for guessing why this film has made it to the list. Though director Rakesh Roshan altered the story by making it revolves around a man with intellectual disability, the rest of the storyline was a blatant rip-off of Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film, E.T – Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
10. Partner (2007)
To all those who enjoyed Salman and Govinda’s rib-tickling chemistry on-screen in Partner, sorry to break to you but the storyline was copied and pasted from Will Smith’s rom-com Hitch (2005). However, we cannot deny the fact that these two actors did give us some good laugh with their perfect coming timings.
11. Ghajini (2008)
The story of a man who uses notes and tattoos to remember his day-to-day life and is trying to find the murderer who killed the woman he loved – Yep, that’s the storyline of Christopher Nolan’s neo-noir psychological thriller Memento (2000), and also Aamir Khan’s Ghajini which release 8 years after the original.
12. Kaante (2002)
To replicate the works of one of the greatest directors of all time, Quentin Tarantino needs guts. Despite great efforts, Kaante ended up becoming nothing but an unsuccessful rip-off of the classic Reservoir Dogs (1992).
With that, it’s safe to conclude that Bollywood is quite acquainted with the concept of ripping-off Hollywood movies! These 12 Bollywood films, especially, had the viewers and critics raging for trying to replicate the originals. Thankfully, the concept of buying rights and remaking has finally hit the industry. Having said that we can’t wait to watch the upcoming film, Dil Bechara starring Sushant Singh Rajput, which is based on the film and book, The Fault In Our Stars.
Until then, tell us which Hollywood rip-offs made you go bonkers in the brain, or if you have a suggestion regarding this article, we’d love to hear from you. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.