‘abbey kal ek purana English movie dekh raha tha, woh Hindi movie copy kiya hai shayad. Sab same hi tha rey’ – we’ve heard this, probably said this a zillion times and foul-mouthed that poor story writer who might have found his inspiration while taking a dump. This could be true, as it’s rightly said, ‘the secret of creativity is to never reveal your sources’. Even so, many of us get blindsided while we are busy throwing tantrums at those unsuccessful remake attempts. We never think the converse would be true, right? So, we at the Royale did a little research and found out that the WEST is really not the BEST. Here are some Indian movies that have been a source of inspiration for the guys in Hollywood.
Released in 1958, Madhumati was one of the earliest films to explore reincarnation and had an almost gothic noir feeling. The movie won 9 Filmfare Awards and a National Award. It was the only collaboration between Bimal Roy and writer Ritwik Ghatak, which proved to be influential for a couple of movies. Most popularly ‘The Reincarnation of Peter Proud; is said to be inspired by this movie.
‘Darr’ made SRK the ‘King Khan’ he is today. The movie did tremendously well at the box-office. So well, that its success reached Hollywood in the form of inspiration 2 years after its release in India. Fear, directed by James Foley, stars Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Brenneman, William Peterson, and Alyssa Milano. There’s one slight difference in the storyline though. Unlike in the Hindi version, the stalker becomes the boyfriend in the English version.
Neeraj Pandey’s debut as a director was most certainly impressive with this thriller. And just like us, the Sri Lankan filmmaker Chandran Rutnam got so impressed that he casted the Oscar award winner Ben Kingsley alongside Ben Cross to make ‘A Common Man’.
There seems to be a mistake!!! Wasn’t Partner inspired (read : copied) from Hitch? Yes, that is true. Apparently, it seems Hitch wasn’t so original either. The movie is uncannily similar to the 1975, Amol Palekar starrer Choti Si Baat, which by the way is considered to be one of the best comedy movies of the 70s. Coincidence you think?
Now, why would one try to copy a movie which hasn’t done well? Or can we just kill this argument by saying, ‘great minds think alike’. Whichever is the case, it seems Just Go With It, starring Jenifer Anniston, Nicole Kidman, and Adam Sandler is eerily similar to Maine Pyar Kyu Kiya. Although, it’s said that both these movies are inspired from Cactus Flower, which was released in 1969 starring Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn, and Walter Matthau.
‘Sperm Donation’ is the idea we think that links these two movies. The plot of these two movies is rather different and there’s significant dissimilarity. Vince Vaughan fathers a total of 533 children in the Delivery Man via his charity as opposed to a mere 53 by Ayushman in Vicky Donor. No, guesses who is more fertile!!!
Kareena Kapoor’s only movie that made sense seems to have caught the attention of director Anand Tucker who went on to cast Matthew Goode and Amy Adams in ‘Leap Year’. The filmmakers obviously have shown no signs to claim responsibility of the similarities in the story line.