Many Bollywood films draw heavily from Hollywood movies. From Life in Metro to Black, Bride and Prejudice and so on. But if you think that only Hollywood can inspire Bollywood and not the other way round, then you are wrong.
Here are five Hollywood movies whose storyline has been taken from Bollywood films:
Kahaani – Deity
A movie under the Yash Raj banner will make its presence felt in Hollywood. The upcoming film, Deity is the latest to get a Bollywood remake. The movie is said follow the narrative like that of Vidya Balan starrer, Kahaani. Deity is directed by Niels Arden Oplev who has previously worked with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It is said that Deity is a thriller with interesting characters just like in Kahaani. The film is about a woman who goes to Kolkata in search of her missing husband and finds herself entangled between a web of controversy at the end. Kahaani did very well in India; Deity in order to perform well at the box office should be directed to suit the western audience.
Bheja Fry – Dinner for Schmucks
There are certain similarities between these two movies. In Bheja Fry, there is only one schmuk (slang for idiot or foolish), Vinay Pathak. But in Dinner for Schmuks the audience gets to see a bunch of the funniest schmucks ever. The quirky and entertaining role of Vinay Pathak is played by out Steve Carell in the Hollywood version, and his experiment with dead mice is similar to the scrap book that Vinay Pathak treasures. Paul Rudd’s character in Dinner for Schmuck is similar to the character of Rajat Kapoor as a music producer in Bheja Fry.
Jab We Met –Leap Year
If you have watched both Leap Year and Jab We Met, it wouldn’t be difficult to find the similarities between the two movies. Both the movies follow the same plot, shot in almost similar scenes. The film is about a girl who, in the course of going out of her way to meet her boyfriend, gets attracted to a stranger. The only difference is that Jab We Met takes to the beats of numerous songs, while Leap Year highlights the Irish culture.
A Wednesday – A Common Man
A Common Man, starring Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross, is an official remake of the Bollywood thriller, A Wednesday. With paltry budget and talented actors, both the movies have done well with the audience, winning many awards. However, if one were to choose between Nazaruddin Shah and Ben Kingsley, surely Shah would be picked as the favourite with respect to these two movies.
Vicky Donor – Delivery Man
Directed by Ken Scott, Delivery Man is the Hollywood version of Vicky Donor with an American spin. The central plot of the movies is the same. In both the movies, the male actors donate their sperms for money. Gathering from their box office success, we can guess that extremely hilarious and entertaining movie which involves fatherhood can make a hit at any box office.
Maine Pyaar Kyu Kiya – Just Go With It
It seems Salman Khan starrer Maine Pyaar Kyu Kiya is the remake of Hollywood movie, Cactus Flower; while Jennifer Anniston and Adam Sandler starrer Just Go With It which released in 2011, has a strong resemblance to Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya. Perhaps Bollywood was smarter and quicker to adapt its own version of the Cactus Flower before the Hollywood guys did it.
Did I just say Salman Khan inspired Hollywood?
Valentina Telien Kom
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