While imitation might be the best form of flattery, it makes you question the degree of creativity and originality the maker might actually be putting into his work.
There is no doubt that we love Bollywood and its ethnic avatar combined with all the masala and dancing on mountain-tops. But there is an increasing number of Indians who love Hollywood and Indian regional movies. In fact, they prefer the latter over the former.
Why? You’d ask. Because that’s where some of our Bollywood movies or it’s scenes may be ‘inspired’ from, AND they have better plots, ideas, and stories.
Breaks your heart, doesn’t it?
We might just surprise you with the number of movies we are about to mention. Let’s start with classics like Satte Pe Satta(Seven Brides For Seven Brothers) and Agneepath(Scarface). If you’ve ever watched their Hollywood counterparts you may not fully appreciate these classics but Bollywood did add the usual tadka, melodrama, and romance to spice things up. And of course, we were floored by Amitabhji’s acting in both these blockbusters.
Moving on to Yash Raj, their films Mohabbatein(Dead Poets Society), Dhoom(The Fast and the Furious & Ocean’s Eleven) and Bunty aur Babli(Bonnie & Clyde) make the list too. Known for their happy-endings and moralistic movies, Yash Raj took quite some inspiration from Hollywood but stayed true to their genre. Unless you don’t mind realism, you’d love all of the above for sure!
Thrillers like Baazigar(A Kiss Before Dying), Ajnabee(Consenting Adults), Humraaz(A Perfect Murder) and Race(Goodbye Lover) were applauded for their many plot twists, character build-up and storyline. These too are rip-offs of famous Hollywood movies from the 90s. But you might want to watch their Hollywood counterparts now, just to notice the similarities.
When we didn’t mind taking inspiration from thrillers and action movies, how could we back-out from copying romantic movies – Bollywood’s all-time favourite genre! While Humko Deewana Kar Gaye(Notting Hill) somehow managed to do minuscule justice to the Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant starrer fairy tale, Aap Ki Khaatir(The Wedding Date) miserably failed at it’s sappy and sad imitation of the Hollywood love story. Ouch!
They are so many more, you’d be surprised. And to think of the kind of money and fame the makers juiced out of those films is astounding. Yet nobody till date has ever challenged their dishonesty.
Some say they don’t really care where these movies and their ideas are picked from, they are thoroughly entertaining and honestly, we may not even understand the language in which the original film was made. But isn’t it disappointing to know that your favourite production house or director earns millions and billions via rip-offs?
Well, you take a call.
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