On every Friday release, Bollywood pathetically imitates Hollywood. We are not ridiculing the Indian cinema but trying to be factual. This list of 10 Bollywood movies copied from Hollywood is merely an insignificant component of the entire list of plagiarism in Indian movie industry. No creativity, no innovation but yeah master in one policy – CTRL+C and CTRL+V.
1. Life in a Metro (The Apartment)
Life in a Metro was majorly appreciated by viewers but only by those who have not seen “The Apartment” (1960). I am speculative that why Anurag Basu (Director of Life In A Metro) is credited as one of the most innovative directors of Bollywood. One thing is sure, he did his job very well and blatantly copied every single scene of The Apartment (Academy Award winner of 1960).
2. Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi (It Happened One Night)
A classical piracy of Mahesh Bhatt, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi is an Indian counterpart of It Happened One Night (1934), directed by Frank Capra. Bhatt has a weird habit of ripping the Hollywood flicks and later organizing a press conference to describe his “Hard Work”. It was the smoking chemistry between Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt which made it thoroughly enjoyable.
3. Jism (Body Heat)
Well, this ambitious copy-paste turned into a successful movie because, at the time of its release, adult and extramarital stuff were rare for Indian cinemas. Transcription of “Body Heat” (1981), this movie was something beyond dancing and singing. Also, Pooja Bhatt proved that she has inherited the copycat quality from her father.
4. Koi Mil Gaya (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial)
Spielberg, can you listen to me? Indians have now jumped into the sci-fi era of movie making, a brand new experience for local folks. This movie was directed by Papa Rakesh Roshan and his darling son tried his best to act like Russell Crowe in Beautiful Mind. However, running behind the Hollywood concept, Rakesh Roshan was appreciated for making such a great copy.
5. Black (The Miracle Worker)
Another black impression on Indian movies by Sanjay Leela Bhansali! Throughout the movie, Rani Mukherji was walking like Charlie Chaplin and desperately she was attempting to make the audience cry. Mr. Bhansali, you should start working on original scripts. You copied the script and haven’t even thanked the original scriptwriters during the opening or closing citations of the movie.
6. Kyon Ki (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest)
That’s why Bollywood is far away from international movie awards. Brilliant script, brilliant direction, and so-so acting but all stolen from the Oscar-winning “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, starring Jack Nicholson. Appropriately bollywoodized, this flick is about ‘mad people doing funny things’.
7. Murder (Unfaithful)
Murder is the third movie from the Bhatt Camp in this list of Bollywood movies copied from Hollywood. It seems that writing an original script is like catching aliens for the Bollywood movie directors. And yeah, just look at the speed of Mahesh Bhatt. In 2002, Unfaithful was released as an erotic drama film and very soon in 2004, Bhatt was achieving laurels for its Indian Version. Hats off to this scene-stealer!
8. Sarkar (The Godfather)
No doubt, Ram Gopal Verma is an essential pillar of the Indian Cinema but when I saw the opening scene of Sarkar, I suddenly gasped, “WTF”? I mean seriously, it was a traumatizing Friday night for me when I came out from the theater after watching this movie. Ironically, Verma clarified that Sarkar was a tribute to The Godfather. Dude, certainly something is wrong with you that you are comparing this mediocre movie with the IMDB topper.
9. Agneepath (Scarface)
An abortive attempt of Amitabh Bachchan to copy Al Pacino! The Indian hero gets shot eight-nine times (I think) but he survives to kick some butt at the end of the movie. I am not criticizing Mr. Bachchan, but his style and changed voice in this movie compels me to spurt these stuff. Hoo-ah!
10. Kaante (Reservoir Dogs)
Kaante generated the f**k-you attitude within me. Pathetically, it is a decent bet for your money as it is furnished by western technical standards. But lack of realism, no substance and overmuch style with copied dialogues makes it the “CRAP” version of Quentin Tarantino‘s Reservoir Dogs.