Bengali film industry, commonly referred to as Tollywood, has contributed immensely to Indian cinema. It has not only given the industry talented actors but has also given numerous unforgettable stories. Bengali movies are often inspired by classic novels. The plots of these films are often ahead of its time and leave the audience mesmerized.
It is no wonder that Bollywood too is highly influenced and inspired by Bengali films. Here is a list of some noteworthy Hindi remakes of Bengali films.
Majhli Didi - Remake of Mej Didi
Mej Didi, released in 1950, was directed by Sabyasachi. It starred many notable Bengali stars like Jahar Ganguly, Nripati Chattopadhyay, Tulsi Chakraborty, Kanan Devi and Shobha Sen. This film is considered to be one of the finest films ever made in Bengali cinema. The Bollywood adaptation of this film- Majhli Didi was released in the year 167. It was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and starred Dharmendra and Late Meena Kumari in lead roles. Both films have been inspired by the novel Mej Didi written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
Khamoshi - Remake of Dweep Jwele Jaai
Dweep Jwele Jaai, released in 1959, was directed by Asit Sen.It starred Suchitra Sen, Anil Chatterjee and Vasant Choudhury in the lead roles. The film was a big hit amongst the audience, especially in the urban areas. The Bollywood adaptation of this film- Khamoshi was released in 1970. The remake, too, was directed by Asit Sen and starred legendary stars, Late Waheeda Rehman and Late Rajesh Khanna in the lead roles. The film is memorable for its melodious songs like Tum Pukaar Lo... Tumhara Intezaar Hai" sung by Late Hemant Kumar, "Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb Thi" by Late Kishore Kumar and "Humne Dekhi Hai In Aankhon Ki Mehekti Khushboo" sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Both films have been inspired by the short story titled Nurse Mitra penned down by Ashutosh Mukherjee.
Kora Kagaz - Remake of Saat Pake Bandha
Saat Pake Bandha, released in 1963, was an Ajoy Kar directorial and starred some of the notable names from the Bengali industry like Suchitra Sen, Soumitra Chatterjee, Pahari Sanyal, etc. The film narrates that income and nature of the people, too, can come in the way of a happily ever after. It was adapted in Hindi under the name Kora Kagaz directed by Anil Ganguly. It featured Jaya Bachchan, Late Vijay Anand, Late AK Hangal and Late Achala Sachdev.
Kabuliwala - Remake of Kabuliwali
Kabuliwala, released in 1957, was directed by Tapan Sinha. The story is about the relationship between a middle-aged fruit-seller and a small girl. The film was inspired by the short story of the same name written by the notable, Rabindranath Tagore. It was remade in Hindi under the same name in the year 1961 and starred Late Balraj Sahni and Usha Kiran in the lead roles. It was directed by Hemen Gupta and featured some popular songs like "Aye Mere Pyaare Watan" sung by Late Manna Dey and "Ganga Aaye Kahan Se" sung by Late Hemant Kumar.
Chupke Chupke - Remake of Chhadmabeshi
Chhadmabeshi, released in 1971, was directed by Agradoot. It starred legendary actors like Uttam Kumar, Madhabi Mukherjee, Bikash Roy, Subhendu Chatterjee, Tarun Kumar and many more in the lead roles. This family entertainer was remade in Hindi under the name Chupke Chupke in the year 1975. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, it featured a big star cast including Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Late Om Prakash, Sharmila Tagore, Jaya Bachchan and many more. It is considered to be one of the most successful Hindi remakes of Bengali movies.
Amar Prem - Remake of Nishi Padma
Nishi Padma, released in 1970, was an Aurobindo Mukherjee directorial. It is an award-winning film and starred Uttam Kumar and Sabitri Chatterjee in the lead roles. The film was inspired by the short story Hinger Kochuri written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. It was remade in Hindi in the year 1972 under the name Amar Prem. It was directed by Shakti Samanta and showcased stellar performances by Late Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. The film is well-renowned for its thought-provoking songs like “Raina Beeti Jaaye” sung by Lata Mangeshkar, "Kuchh Toh Log Kahenge", "Chingari Koi Bhadke" and "Yeh Kya Hua" sung by Late Kishore Kumar.
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam - Remake of Saheb Bibi Golam
Saheb Bibi Golam, released in 1956, was directed by Kartik Chatterjee. It is based on a novel under the same name written by Bimal Mitra. It featured notable Bengali stars like Sumitra Devi, Uttam Kumar, Chhabi Biswas, Pahari Sanyal. Set against the backdrop of British Raj, the film explores the fall of feudalism in Bengal and simultaneously narrates the story of a platonic relationship between a beautiful, abandoned wife and a career-driven clerk. It was remade in Hindi as Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam in the year 1962. Directed by Late Guru Dutt, it starred Late Meena Kumari, Late Guru Dutt, Late Rehman and Late Waheeda Rehman in the lead roles. The remake won 4 awards at the 10th Filmfare Awards and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 13th Berlin International Film Festival.