The Indian film Industry of Bollywood is one of the largest film industry of the world, with billions of money flowing in and out. It is one of the most influencing, potent, diverse and versatile industries which is ruling the world over. Every year, Bollywood produces over a hundred movies. Some of them are excellent, original masterpieces while some fall flat and go unnoticed at the box office. While it is true that the movies with big names harness the crowd-puller movies, more and more lesser known actors, directors and script writers are coming up with better and original movies.
Bollywood movies have been accused of (quite justified in our opinion) of stealing movie scripts, copy-pasting them and churning out disasters in their own right. Not only the movie script but even song themes, music and even locations have been stolen from other industries. Sometimes, even after copying, the films turn out to be quite decent and a box-office hit. While in other cases, these are slapstick outcomes which fall short to connect with the audience and perform pathetically.
Today, we choose few such movies over the past decade (in no specific order) which are exact copies of other lesser known films and see how they went down with the audience.
Jazbaa (2015) – Seven Days (2007)
The story follows a lawyer who is forced to win a tough case in order to get her kidnapped daughter back. This is a direct remake of an excellent Korean thriller Seven Days. Sanjay Gupta is an expert when it cpmes to copying Korean Thrillers and Jazbaa was supposed to be Aishwarya Rai’s comeback movie which did moderate business at the box office. The film was not overtly bad but lacked the script writing in certain areas.
Dil Bole Hadippa (2009) – She’s The Man (2006)
A cricket crazy girl wants to enter the men’s cricket team. She disguises herself as a guy but falls in love with the team’s cricket coach. In the Hollywood version called She’s the Man, the film was a decent hit but the Bollywood version failed miserably with audiences and critics alike.
Ek Villain (2014) – I Saw the Devil (2010)
A psychopath serial killer is on the loose who targets young women’s and ultimately kills the protagonist’s girlfriend. The hero finds the killer but swears to take revenge by slowly killing him. Its a poor copy of the gripping Korean thriller I saw the Devil. Although, the performance of Riteish Deshmukh as an antagonist was praised, the film did not gain many praises.
Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011) – John Tucker Must Die (2006)
A trio of girls unite together and recruit a girl to take revenge from the guy who cheats them. A similar kind of Plot is taken from the Hollywood movie John Tucker Must Die. This was Parineeti Chopra’s debut movie. Both the films did average business at the box office.
NH 10 (2015) – Eden Lake (2008)
Anushka Sharma received rave reviews for NH10 for her brave portrayal of the women hell bent on taking revenge and also producing it. A lesser-known fact that it was copied from the indie movie Eden Lake, which is one of the most devastating movies you will ever see. Nevertheless, NH 10 was also equally gritty and an on the edge thriller.
Players (2012) – Italian Job (2003)
The 2003 Italian Job was itself a remake of the 1969 movie of the same name starring Sir Michael Caine, but to remake it in Hindi without putting any new ideas and thoughts was always going to be a tough sell. While the Hollywood version is a fun to watch Con movie, the Bollywood film failed miserably at the BO and the performances, the plot points was so poor that it simply did not have any chance.
Rocky Handsome (2016) – The Man from Nowhere (2010)
A man goes on a murderous rampage after the abduction of an 8-year-old girl by drug mafia. This is the plot of the Korean movie which inspired Rocky Handsome. While the Korean movie has the perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes (which in itself is a herculean task), Rocky handsome has a meager score. Personally, the film did not look so bad to us, but it did not perform as excpected in the BO
Singh is Bliing (2015) – My Wife Is a Gangster 3 (2006)
When you are remaking a part 3 of a movie, it shows that all creativity has left the Earth. But since Prabhudeva is involved, who is known for copying movies from his fellow filmmakers from Tamil and Telugu film industries, adopting a Korean movie was actually an upgrade. Nevertheless, Why he made this film at all remains a mystery to us till now! Yes it was that pathetic!
Do Lafzon Ki Kahani (2016) – Always (2011)
The story revolves around the love story of a boxer who has given up on life and a girl who never loses hope despite going slowly blind. ‘Always’ was critically well acclaimed whereas DLKK came and went without any stir.
Bang Bang! (2014) – Knight and Day (2010)
While Bang Bang was an official remake of the Tom Cruise – Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day brought to us by the same studio still it comes under this list because it is a scene to scene copy of the original. A little originality could have been a saving grace for the film. Surprisingly, the original was BO flop while Bang Bang was a roaring success.
Te3n (2016) – Montage (2013)
Te3n was the official remake of the South Korean thriller Montage which got glowing reviews upon release in its native country. Te3n too got good reviews but couldn’t generate any excitement at the Box Office.
Badla (2019) – The Invisible Guest (2016)
And very recently, Badla was an official remake of the Spanish Film The Invisible Guest. The plot goes that a business tycoon is falsely accused of murdering his/her partner in a closed hotel room and he/she hires the best lawyer to fight the case. The original film is an excellent on-the-edge-of-seat thriller with a gripping narrative. Badla is also a very calculative and intelligent remake of the film which performed well at the BO. The fact that they did role reversal in Badla was a genius move. The only qualms about it is that it could have shown some originality instead of a scene to scene copy. Nevertheless its a good film.
Notebook (2019) – The Teacher’s Diary (2014)
Released last week, Notebook chronicles the love story of a teacher who comes to a rural place to teach and falls in love with the previous teacher by reading her diary. At the onset the movie seems to copied scene to scene from the sweet Korean Movie The Teacher’s Diary. Even the movie poster looks copied. While the Korean movie is acclaimed as a very sweet movie with great storytelling, the Bollywood movie also seems to have gained moderate praise. The debutants are fairly good n the pace of the film is also not bad.
So there’s it guys, here’s our list of some copied movies of Bollywood. How many have you watched? Do you know of anymore such movies? Let us know in the comments below.