Most Iconic Bollywood Films that are Copied from Hollywood

The success of Bollywood films has not happened with a few movies. Rather, we all have witnessed some great productions starring the legendary actors of the 90s and the twenty-first century. The skills of Amitabh Bachan, Dilip Kumar, and Darmindhar are unquestionable. The same is true for the gorgeous Hima Malini and Sri Devi. There are many more names that can be called out to corroborate all the hard work that the cast, directors, producers, cameramen, and all other members of the crew put in to make their production simply the best.

Bollywood Films That Are Copied From Hollywood

We enter the 90s when we start witnessing the rise of Khans over Bollywood. Sometimes we witness these legends work together in a single product such as Karan Arjun or Kuch Kuch Hota Hai including one of the best Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.

The Rise of Khans in the Bollywood Film Industry

Later on, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Amir Khan compete for the best actor and film award for their outstanding performance in each new movie released for so many years. The same goes true for Madhuri, Kajol, and Rani Mukherjee who would simply make the audience believe that they are not actors, but rather real personas representing members of the audience with like-minded feelings and emotions. The audience would be able to develop a unique connection with all their roles.

The Kapoor Sisters

The Kapoor sisters with their charismatic acting also contributed significantly for so many years including the first decade of the twenty-first century. Kaho Na Pyaar Hai brought a unique spirit of agility, acting, and strength to Bollywood movies. Hritik Roshan transcended audience expectations to the next level with his fitness, dialogues, acting, and choreography. His movies started to get superhit and we witnessed the other actors becoming fitness conscious. Other than Salman Khan who already stood alone with his songs such as Oh Oh Jaane Jaana.

Hit Bollywood Movies That Took Inspiration From Hollywood

Speaking of Salman, you probably witnessed Sanjay Dutt playing the role of a villain in most of the movies being produced nowadays. But, he indeed was a great star of his time which is why a movie like Sanju has been produced to reflect his struggles and everything he went through despite being one of the best actors in Bollywood. Actors like Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, and Ajay Devgan should also be mentioned here who have their own circle of diehard fans who have not missed even a single production starring their favorites.

The new trends set established by Hritik became the basis of all the new stars that we witness in contemporary Bollywood movies. Actors like Tiger Sheroff, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, and Ayshman appear as the successors of Hritik Roshan. This idea became the foundation of bringing Tiger and Hritik together in a single production.

Kantee Vs Reservoir Dogs

Nevertheless, there is one sad piece of news about your favorite Bollywood movies. If someone tells you that the hit Bollywood production titled Kaante starring so many actors such as Suneil Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, and Amitabh Bachan was inspired by a Hollywood movie? At the outset, you would simply say, it’s all crap. But the bad news is that it is true. Kaante was indeed produced after taking inspiration from reservoir dogs where the central theme was also the same. Bollywood rebooted the movie adding some extra flavor to some of the leading actors and bringing them all together in a single production. That is not the only movie imitating Hollywood themes and characterization.

There are so many Bollywood movies inspired by the blockbuster Hollywood movies. Among these Bollywood productions, some films have just imitated the central idea. The others have taken the entire plot of Hollywood movies. The list can be incessant but we are going to talk about the top 10 Bollywood movies which were inspired by the hit and award-winning Hollywood movies with their own fan following.

Bazigar Vs A Kiss Before Dying

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Let us begin with the superhit movie taking Shahrukh Khan to the limelight, Bazigar. You are already getting annoyed and questioning how this is even possible. If we call out the name of its Hollywood counterpart, A kiss before dying, you will certainly start believing the rest of the story. Shahrukh Khan undoubtedly adds extra taste which is why he is a part of most of the Yash Raj films and productions that made him the title of king of romance. However, if you look into the storyline, plot, and concepts, you will identify a lot of similarities between both movies. Both the films revolve around the story of a young boy who takes revenge on a billionaire by developing an affair with his elder daughter.

In the later part of the story when the boy finds out that the billionaire’s elder daughter is expecting and would give birth to his child he attempts to murder and presents it as a suicide.  In the end, the boy is presented to have developed an affair with the billionaire’s younger daughter.

Aiteraaz Vs Disclosure

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The next Bollywood movie can be considered as an extended version of its Hollywood predecessor. In other words, the plot in Bollywood had a prequel to the actual happenings of the Hollywood movie that is almost the same in both versions. No need to wait any further.

Aiteraaz, the Bollywood version, is actually a reboot of Hollywood’s Disclosure. Both movies had a gap of almost ten years within which Bollywood producers had ample time to add extra spices to make Aiteraaz. The Hollywood version stars Demi Moore playing the role of an aggressive promiscuous woman who tries to seduce one of her office colleagues played by Michael Douglas. The latter is accused of workplace harassment that turned into a legal inquiry in the second part of the movie.

The Story of Aiteraaz

In Aiteraaz, Priyanka Chopra became the actor played by Demi Moore whereas Akshay Kumar took the role of Michael Douglas.

The only difference is the movie begins with a love affair between Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra at the outset. Priyanka is ambitious and dreams of becoming a supermodel. A twist begins in the film, when Priyanka finds out that she is pregnant and expecting a child with Akshay Kumar. Akshay is excited and offers Priyanka to marry him. But she wishes to pursue her dreams as a result of which they break up. In the second part of the movie, the audience finds Akshay living a happy life with his wife, a professional lawyer, played by Kareena Kapoor. Things were going well till Akshay finds out that Priyanka is joining his office as the Managing Director as she is the wife of his Chairman.

Priyanka starts getting closer to Akshay and reveals that she is not happy with her marriage and wishes to reunite with Akshay in terms of establishing a physical relationship. Akshay refuses to cheat on his wife. Resultantly, Priyanka accuses Akshay of attempting to rape her in office. Akshay finds the whole scenario quite disturbing. However, his wife, Kareena Kapoor, came forward to fight the case of her husband. You can surely identify the extra spices added by the Bollywood producers. The real picture would be evident if you check it out yourself.

Murder Vs Unfaithful

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There are movies in which you find a touch of adultery or an extramarital affair of a husband or a wife. But, there is one Bollywood movie which is as a complete reboot of Hollywood’s Unfaithful. Murder starring Mallika Sherawat, Emraan Hashmi and Ashmit Patel revolves around the same of theme of extramarital love affair of a wife with her old boy friend.

A similar scenario happens in Hollywood starring Diane Lane, Richard Gere, and Olivier Martinez. Mallika on her way encounters her old boyfriend which reminds her of all the fun they used to have together which triggers a desire to relive those moments again. But this time she knows that she is committed to Ashmit and also has a child.

With time, Ashmit starts becoming more suspicious about her wife and keeps track of her wife with a spy. Ashmit becomes aware of his wife’s old boyfriend and encounters him to get him out of their matrimonial life. At the outset, it was hard for Mallika to resist the memories and desire to have all the fun again. But later her moral sense helped her make a firm decision to retain her family over her own desires.

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Dushman Vs Eye For an Eye

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Next, we have a duo of movies oriented towards women and the problems they had to face in a patriarchal society. You probably would have watched or heard of Dushman starring Kajol playing a dual role as Sonia and Naina being twin sisters. The sad news is this psychological thriller is also based on a Hollywood production, Eye for an Eye. No need to get surprised.

The Hollywood version starred Sally Field, Kiefer Sutherland and Ed Harris. Whereas, the Bollywood counterpart had Kajol, Ashutosh Rana and the prominent Sanjay Dutt. Let us refer to the twin sisters by their character names being performed by Kajol herself. Among these two sisters, Sonia is an outgoing girl who loves to socialize, hangout and make new friends with the outside world. Conversely, Naina prefers to stay indoors and enjoys her personal life as an introverted person.

The character of a rapist named Gokul was played by Ashutosh Rana who has selected Naina Saigal as her next prime target. In his attempt of targeting Naina, he raped and killed Sonia. Naina came forward to avenge the inhumane murder of her sister. At the outset, she begs to Major Suraj, a role excellently performed by Sanjay Dutt. But, later on she started to realize her endeavors were going in vain. So she went on herself to hunt the murderer of her sister and kill him herself.

Baghban Vs Make Way For Tomorrow

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As mentioned in the earlier discussions, Amitabh Bachan and Hima Malini were the top stars of their time. Bollywood brought this successful duo one more time to produce a thought-provoking movie.  And giving multiple moral lessons to the audience, Baghban. But the most interesting part of the movie is that the entire idea takes inspiration from the 1937 movie Make Way For Tomorrow. It stars Beulah Bondi playing Lucy Cooper and Victor Moore playing Barkley Cooper.

The Story of Baghban

Believe it or not but both stories revolve around the struggles of an elderly couple that is forced to separate. After losing their house and finding their children reluctant to keep their parents with them. Amitabh Bachan and Hima Malini share their happiness to live with their children. But, they are surprised to hear about the scheme by their children and their daughters-in-law.

Both parents part ways for the happiness of their children. But, soon they start to realize that it was nothing more than a plan devised by their children. i.e. keep their parents away from interfering in their family matters. Amitabh came up with the idea of writing a book titled Baghban which was actually his autobiography. But, he wrote it without revealing the real identities of the characters depicted in the story. His children start getting disturbed by his typing overnight. Due to this, he starts to write the narrative in a restaurant. There he makes a good number of friends. The first publication of his book took the audience and media by storm. He starts to get huge returns from different retail stores. Also, he starts appearing in the press and other media platforms.

The Autobiography of Raj

Amitabh characterizes Raj and Hima Malini characterizes Pooja adopt a child Alok. Alok wishes to study in school but does not have money enough to pay the school fee. Salman Khan plays the character of Alok. In the later part of the movie, he takes Raj and Pooja to his home. Raj’s children start to witness the success of their father and get greedy to become part of the fame.

They devise a plan to meet him in person at a book launching ceremony and apologize for all their misdeeds. At that instant, a reporter asks Raj how he would react if Baghban was the actual story of his family. Raj avails the opportunity to respond to the press and his children. He says that he would cut off all sorts of relation with materialistic children who have no respect, love, and affection for their parents.

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Munna Bhai MBBS Vs Patch Adams

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Next, we have a movie that is a combination of comedy, tragedy, and romance starring everyone’s favourite, Sanjay Dutt. Yes, it is none other than Munna Bhai MBBS. You never thought even this movie could take inspiration from Hollywood but certainly did.

Patch Adams is a 1998 Comedy Drama starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, and Philip Seymour. Robin Williams is a doctor who treats his patients using humor as the main weapon to ease their pain. The other doctors are not fond of his curing mechanisms. However, the professors, patients, and the paramedical staff including nurses admire his talent.

Munna Bhai

You can find the same concept revolving around the making of the character Munna. This is played by Sanjay Dutt who calls himself a social worker. Although he fails to fulfill his father’s dream of becoming a doctor in a real sense, he enters the top Medical college in India taking help from his friends. He revives Anand bhai, one of the patients in college who is in a state of coma for many years. They consider it as a miracle that turned into a reality. Hence, it happens with the power of love, care, and friendship by Munna bhai. The character wins the hearts of all the medical students and the staff including the professors. So, he makes them realize that the real cure for all diseases is care and affection towards one’s patient.

Knock Out Vs Phone Booth

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By this time, you will think that every Bollywood production is a remake of some renowned Hollywood movie. No need to feel bewildered. There would certainly be novel concepts in some Bollywood movies but not all. Knock Out is an unauthorized remake of Hollywood movie Phonebooth. The Bollywood version stars Irrfan Khan as Tony, Sanjay Dutt as Veer, and Kangana Ranaut as Nidhi. Veer keeps a close eye on Irrfan Tony as the password keeper of all corrupt politicians. They hold their offshore accounts in Swiss Banks. Veer draws Tony into a phone booth and compels him to do something good for once for the poor people of India.

Gradually and steadily, he convinces him. Thus, he starts transferring all the money back into the local banks of India. Thus, strengthening the economy. The minister tries to attack him. But, Veer protects him through his military experience and a sharp eye.

Bang Bang Vs Knight And Day

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If you have some room for more, we have another in the list for you. Are you a fan of Hritik Roshan and his unbeatable stunts and dance moves? He came into the limelight once again. In this Bollywood film, his outstanding performance alongside Katrina Kaif is a treat to watch. You got it right. We are talking about Bang Bang where Hritik plays the role of an army officer. Fulfilling his mission on one hand of taking back the diamond known in the movie as Koh e Noor. In addition, he is zealous to find the person who has the diamond. As his elder brother who was also an army officer lost his life while performing the same mission. So, Hritik is desperate to avenge his brother’s sacrifice.

You can find a similar set of stunts and thrills in the action-filled movie titled Knight and Day starring the famous Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  The action-packed film is no less if compared with the Indian counterpart. But the point to ponder is its inspiration from Hollywood.

Agneepath Vs Scarface

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If you think that Baghban is the only movie of Amitabh that gets inspiration from Hollywood, think again. Agneepath starring the Amitabh gets inspiration from a Hollywood movie, Scarface starring Al Pacino. In both movies, the story revolves around the life of a scum. Who then fights for respect and reaches to the top and becomes a mafia.

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Kaante Vs Reservoir Dogs

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Let us conclude with the tenth in the list. Sanjay Gupta’s Kaante stars the legendary figures of Bollywood such as Amitabh Bachan, Sanjay Dutt, and Suniel Shetty. This Bollywood film is unique in terms of the concept. It revolves around the mystery of finding the secret police officer in the crew. The film keeps the audience on their toes as they can’t figure out the culprit. But, the bad news is that it is inspired by Reservoir Dogs that in itself is a must-watch. It offers a similar mystery to solve by the audience.