10 Times Bollywood Was `Inspired` By Hollywood In The Last Decade

Shah Rukh Khan’s latest rom-com titled Jab Harry Met Sejal seems to be inspired by the cult Hollywood rom-com, When Harry Met Sally. A lot of controversial statements were passed, considering the similarity, but we all know Imtiaz Ali spreads magic when it comes to love stories. The film is said to have nothing in common with the Hollywood cult, other than the striking resemblance in the title. 

But time and again, Bollywood has tried innovating around stories already painted on celluloid by international films. This inspiration seems to have led to a lot of remakes in Bollywood and some of them have received immense praise from both critics and audiences. As BookMyShow turns a decade old this year, we thought of putting a glance on all the good things Bollywood has given us in the last 10 years. So here is our list of the best remakes in Bollywood that weremore or less inspired by the international film industry. 

Memento (2000) – Ghajini (2008)

The Aamir Khan-starrer was touted as one of the highest grossing films of all time, till the year of its release. But it was actually inspired by the Christopher Nolan masterpiece of 2000. The protagonist in both the revenge-seeking dramas suffered from anterograde amnesia, who take the help of Polaroid photographs and tattoos to track down their lover’s murderer.

Goodbye Lover (1998) – Race (2008) 

Abbas-Mustan seem to be a fan of Hollywood thrillers. Their film Race, which earned a lot of praise from audiences across the country, was actually a remake of the 1998 Hollywood neo-noir, Goodbye Lover.

The Sea Inside (2004) – Guzaarish (2010)

A director who is known to give us magnificent sets in all his films, Sanjay Leela Bhansali took inspiration for his 2010 drama from a Spanish film titled The Sea Inside. The latter is an Academy Award-winning film and was based on the true story of Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic who gave 28 years of his life campaigning in support of euthanasia. 

Ace in the Hole (1951) – Peepli (Live) (2010)

Peepli Live, an Aamir Khan Production was not completely similar to Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole made six decades back in the 1950s, but the main plot was strikingly similar. 

The Chaser (2008) – Murder 2 (2011) 

The murder mystery by Mohit Suri won a lot of praise, owing to its excellent story and narrative. The plot surrounded a deadly serial killer and was based on the South Korean film, The Chaser`.

The Notebook (2004) / The Adventurer (1917) – Barfi (2012)

This heart touching comedy drama was India`s official entry for the 85th Academy Awards. The kind of inspiration seen here is quite interesting, as you will find a lot of scenes resembling the ones in The Notebook and Charlie Chaplin’s The Adventurer. For example, the climax in Barfi is directly copied from The Notebook. 

Warrior (2011) – Brothers (2015)

Brothers, a sports drama starring Sidharth Malhotra and Akshay Kumar, is based on Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior. Both the films revolve around themes of family, brotherhood, forgiveness, bonding and similar complex emotions.

I Saw The Devil (2010) – Ek Villain (2014)  

It seems Bollywood really likes South Korea’s gory cinema and thus constantly remakes them with less horror and gore in the Indian context. The latest was Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain, inspired by South Korean thriller I Saw The Devil, the latter a shockingly violent film, which in all aspects was definitely superior to its Indian counterpart. 

Shutter (2008) – Click (2010)

This supernatural horror was inspired by Hollywood film Shutter, which in turn was a remake of a Thai film of the same name. While its English counterpart garnered huge success at the box office, the Bollywood remake ended up with disastrous results.

Bruce Almighty (2003) – God Tussi Great Ho (2008)

Even with such an interesting concept, the Salman Khan-starrer did not manage to impress audiences like its Hollywood counterpart Bruce Almighty. While Morgan Freeman assumed God’s role in the latter, God Tussi Great Ho featured Amitabh Bachchan as the Almighty. 

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