Bollywood is most famous for the masala commercial flicks, but there are times when we get to see meaningful cinema as well. And while some of them are a work of great minds, there are some that are inspired from old classic movies. These inspirations sometimes go to the extent of copying everything scene by scene with an intent to make an exact replica, which has a very little chance of failure but some of them dare to adapt these movies and make a masterpiece in their own style. Here we have seven movies that were inspired by masterpieces of film industries abroad and were brilliantly remade into a Bollywood flick.
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla – 12 Angry Men
Basu Chatterjee's Ek Ruka Hua Faisla was inspired by the landmark courtroom drama by Sidney Lumet. The film starred great actors like Pankaj Kapur and Annu Kapoor in their early days. The story in both the films follows an open-and-shut case that begins to unravel because of one demurring juror out of the 12.
Black – The Miracle Worker
There is no denying that Black was a beautiful movie. Looking at his films and the grandeur now, nobody would actually come to think that Sanjay Leela Bhansali was behind Black. It was adapted from the 1962 film The Miracle Worker, which was based on the life of Helen Keller, an American author, and her tutor. Amitabh Bachchan played the tutor who taught Rani Mukherji's character and later suffered from severe Alzheimer's. SLB did a commendable job with the plot and the film received more than 50 awards, including two National Awards.
Chachi 420 – Mrs. Doubtfire
Chachi 420 was a story of a divorced man who dresses up as a nanny to meet his daughter. The film is an adaptation of Robin Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire and they successfully managed to Indianize the plot and put together a laugh riot with Kamal Hassan taking the lead. Legendary actors like Amrish Puri, Om Puri and Paresh Rawal added more shine to this gem of a movie.
Manorama Six Feet Under – China Town
The remake of Roman Polanski's China Town, Manorama Six Feet Under had all the qualities of the original version. The film successfully kept the classic neo-noir's feel alive with its complexly clever plot and an immensely talented lot of characters. Navdeep Singh's excellent work was nothing less than stunning with the cast members Abhay Deol, Vinay Pathak, Raima Sen and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander – Breaking Away
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander was how college and high school would be for the 90s kids. This coming-of-age drama by Mansoor Khan featured Aamir Khan in the lead role with Ayesha Jhulka, Pooja Bedi, Deepak Tijori, Mamik Singh and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. The songs of the movie were super hit and the cycle race in the climax increases our heart beats even today.
Kaante – Reservoir Dogs
Kaante was adapted by Sanjay Gupta from Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. It was about six Indians, settled in America, who plan to rob a bank. The film had an amazing star cast comprising of Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Lucky Ali, Mahesh Manjrekar and Kumar Gaurav who all gave a phenomenal performance. The climax had these biggies get into an impasse among themselves and made it one of the very rare occasions where Bollywood version surpassed the original.
Bheja Fry – Le Diner Le Cons
Vinay Pathak has this aura that makes his films more charming and funny. His brilliant performance in the film that was very much inspired by the French film Le Diner Le Cons. The Bollywood remake has you in splits with its goofy humor. Ranvir Shorey's and Vinay Pathak's chemistry and comic timing are incredible.
Can you think of more of such movies that were as good as their original versions? Let us know in the comments below.
Images created by Utsav Patel.