8 Hollywood Movies Which Were Highly Inspired By Bollywood Movies

8 Hollywood Movies Which Were Highly Inspired By Bollywood Movies

14 Jun 18 @ 11:20 AM | By Asmita Pati

It is not an uncommon fact that Bollywood is usually inspired by its Hollywood counterpart and churns out copycat Indian versions every year, either by calling it an inspiration or by taking a more legal official remake route. But seldom do we get to hear it be the other way around. So get ready to be amazed by some facts that you did not know about these Bollywood films.

  1. Pearl Harbor-2001 (Sangam-1964)

    This Hollywood love triangle set in war-torn America is actually believed to be inspired from an Indian cinema classic by Raj Kapoor called Sangam made way back in 1964.The storyline to the characters will give you the instant similarity jitters and instead of one the Hollywood production has two pilots wooing the heroine. The Bollywood film starred Rajendra Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Vyjayantimala in the lead and had songs by music director Shankar Jaikishan that are still relevant today like Har dil jo pyar karega, Dost dost na raha, Bol radha bol and others.

  2. Hitch (2005) - Chhoti Si Baat (1975)

    We all know that Bollywood movie Partner is said to be a copy of Hitch. But apparently Hitch seems to be inspired by the plot of Chhoti Si Baat, where a mild-mannered accountant guy (Amol Palekar) fails to woo a girl (Vidya Sinha). In desperate need to get a crash course in romance, he gets the help of love expert Colonel Julius Nagendranath Wilfred Singh (Ashok Kumar) and attempts to win the girl of his dreams while being demoralized by another suitor, played brilliantly by Asrani. Directed by Basu Chatterjee, the film had music by Salil Chowdhury.
  3. Fear- 1996 (Darr- 1993)

    Right from the direct translation of the name to the inadvertent love triangle, the Yash Chopra production starring a relatively new Shahrukh Khan was an inspiration for this Hollywood thriller which came 3 years later. But of course in the Hollywood film the stalker gets to be the girl’s boyfriend, but the same cannot be said for the Bollywood version. One of the obvious proof that lies is when the stalker carves the girl’s name on his chest, which is oh so famously done in Darr by KKK Kiran… obsessed Shahrukh Khan. It started a new trend of anti-hero characters interestingly as instead of rooting for the protagonist played by Sunny Deol, everyone rooted for the stalker antagonist.

  4. Win a Date with Ted Hamilton-2004 (Rangeela-1995)

    This Hollywood romantic comedy is said to be inspired by Ram Gopal Verma’s Rangeela starring Aamir Khan in a lovable tapori role with Urmila and Jackie Shroff in the lead. Of course instead of winning a date, it’s Urmila bagging an audition with her favourite star, but the central theme is uncanny with the basic plot of a girl caught in a love triangle between her best friend and a movie star. Interestingly it’s a rare romantic musical hit by director Ram Gopal Verma who is known for his signature style of making dark, gangster movies and believes it to be his worst work. The songs composed by A R Rahman are still appreciated today.

  5. Just Go With It- 2011 (Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya -2005)

    Both these movies are inspired by Cactus Flower (1969) but have altered the storyline. The Hollywood production has plastic surgeon Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) pretending to be married so he can enjoy future dates with no strings attached. Things take a turn for worse when he falls in love with the girl of his dreams. Instead of coming clean, Danny enlists Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), his assistant, to pose as his soon-to-be-ex-wife, which ensues more chaos and create more trouble with hilarious consequences. It has a striking similarity with our desi production starring Salman Khan and Sushmita Sen, right from the storyline, scenes, and the characters.
  6. Leap Year (2010) - Jab We Met (2007)

    A cross country trip of a spunky, uptight, talkative girl in hopes of surprising her boyfriend with a romantic proposal is forced to travel with an unlikely stranger companion and falling for each other despite the overwhelming odds is the plot of this romantic comedy starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. Although the producers at Hollywood denied being inspired, the similarity quotient is too high to ignore with our desi Imtiaz Ali directed blockbuster starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor who were romantically involved during the filming and broke up right after the release in a shocking twist. This was Imtiaz Ali’s second movie and instantly catapulted him to the big league of directors while Kareena Kapoor went on to give the best performance of her career.
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  8. A Common Man 2013 - (A Wednesday-2008)

    This one is an official remake of the Naseeruddin Shah starred Bollywood thriller by director Neeraj Pandey. The Hollywood version stars Academy award winner Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross in the lead reprising the roles of Shah and Anupam Kher’s Commissioner role respectively. The plot revolves around an unknown caller who threatens to detonate bombs in the city unless four jailed militants are released. The Hollywood version has a more edgy suspense thriller plot going on by Sri Lankan director Chandran Rutnam who reworked on the original screenplay.
  9. The Delivery Man 2013 - (Vicky Donor-2012)

    The Delivery Man (2013) was definitely inspired from Vicky Donor (2012) starring Ayushmann Khurrana, who debuted with this film and became an overnight star. It was also the first production from John Abraham’s production house and made director Shoojit Sircar a force to reckon with. It started the trend of films with a different storyline and was a surprising sleeper hit, all thanks to word of mouth publicity. It has the same central plot, the protagonist donating their sperms for money and giving birth to many kids but of course with a huge difference in the number game. Vince Vaughn character is responsible for a staggering 533 kids whereas the desi version is all about a mere 53. (Notice the number similarity!)