Have you heard people say that Bollywood movies were better back then, “in their time” when the creativity was at its peak and now the so-called writers just know how to copy or plagiarise songs, movies or content in any form? Well, that is not all true because not just today, Bollywood has always been taking “inspiration” from Hollywood movies. Some of the movies you love and proudly call the gems of Bollywood cinema are not original scripts but are actually Hollywood rip-offs. Well, if it’s hard to believe then sorry to burst your bubble because here is a list of 10 legendary Bollywood movies you probably didn’t know or expect to be copied.
1. Satte Pe Satta – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Satte Pe Satta still stands to be one of the best movies done by Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. The ensemble cast of seven brothers and seven sisters with a plot twist did sound new and a fresh take back then but the theme and the plot were actually quite similar to a Hollywood movie ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ which was released in 1954. I guess the name is enough for you to decipher whether the movie is copied or no.
2. Shaukeen – Boys Night Out
Shaukeen is a 1982 comedy film starring Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt, AK Hangal, Rati Agnihotri and Mithun Chakraborty in the lead roles. In the movie, three middle-aged married men decide to have some fun in their life and the story unfolds its consequences. It was a big hit here in India but actually, it is based on a Hollywood film named ‘Boys Night Out’ which was released in 1962.
3. Ek Ruka Hua Faisla – 12 Angry Men
‘Ek Ruka Hua Faisla’ as the name suggests is a story of a pending decision in a court. 12 jury members argue and cannot decide whether to declare the convict guilty or not. Now, that is something that could happen in a movie named ’12 Angry Men’. Well, it did happen, exactly like that. It is one of the classics and a must watch. But the Indian adaptation was also very well received by the audience.
4. Sholay – The Magnificent Seven and Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
Who doesn’t know Sholay? Who doesn’t love Sholay? No one! The famous Salim-Javed Jodi had written this immortal action-packed romantic drama. But the plot of the movie leaned heavily on 1960 American classic ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’. If you had no clue about it, then probably you’ll need a minute to take that in, right?
5. Aradhana – To Each His Own
Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore’s 1969 romantic drama film took no time in receiving love from the audience. It is still deemed as one of the best works of both the lead actors, along with Kishore Kumar whose music in the film is cherished even today. Remember ‘Mere Sapnon Ki Rani’? However, the plot and the basic theme of the movie are entirely inspired by a 1946 Hollywood movie called ‘To Each His Own’. Both the movies deal with the conflict of an unmarried mother who ends up abandoning her child to stay away from the scandal.
6. Tezaab – Streets of Fire
Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit’s action romantic film ‘Tezaab’ was a super hit. Madhuri Dixit gained massive public recognition and became an overnight star because of this movie. It is known to be a copied version of a 1984 Hollywood movie ‘Streets of Fire’.
7. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar – Breaking Away
It is very difficult to believe that Sanjay and Ratan are not purely Bollywood’s creation. But Bollywood’s one of the most popular sports drama films is actually inspired by an American comedy movie named ‘Breaking Away’ which released in 1979. Both the movies did really well.
8. Chachi 420 – Mrs. Doubtfire
Kamal Hassan as Chachi 420 was every 90s kid favourite. A doting father who wants to meet her daughter more than what her estranged wife allows takes up the job of her daughter’s caretaker but in disguise. If Kamal Hassan could be the only choice to play Chachi 420, then only Robin Williams could have played the role of Mrs. Doubtfire in the movie of the same name.
9. Black – The Miracle Worker
Sanjay Leela Bhansali brought a one of its kind story of a deafblind girl, Michelle played by Rani Mukherjee who is helped by a stubborn teacher, Debraj played by none other than Amitabh Bachchan with her visual and hearing impairment. It touched millions of Bollywood fans’ hearts. But the story is very similar to a Hollywood film ‘The Miracle Worker’ which itself is based on Helen Keller’s autobiography named ‘The Story of my Life’.
10. Khoon Bhari Maang – Return to Eden
Khoon Bhari Maang is a 1988 Indian revenge-thriller drama where a middle-aged woman marries a younger man only to be deceived and killed by him for her wealth. But she survives and returns to take revenge for the betrayal. Khoon Bhari Maang is actually a rip-off of an Australian Mini TV series named ‘Return to Eden’.