An Indian movie is incomplete without action, comedy, romance, thrill, and drama, all in a span of two to three hours. Add to this, a quirky theme, fun characters, and a roller-coaster ride of emotions, this is the true definition of a Bollywood movie.
However, in the recent past, there’s a change in the norm. Today’s filmgoers expect more than the comedy of the Golmaal or Romeo and Juliet love dramas. Here’s why, while retaining a few ingredients of the masala mix, Bollywood draws inspiration from Hollywood to appeal to the taste of the millennial fans. From biopics of political and sports heroes to chilling thrillers, you can thank Hollywood for this revamp.
Here are a few Bollywood movies inspired by Hollywood.
Bollywood: Chachi 420 (1997) Hollywood: Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
One of the 1990s classics of America, Mrs. Doubtfire features Robin Williams and his comedic powers. Williams disguises himself as a housekeeper to work in his ex-wife’s house to spend more time with his family.
The Bollywood hit movie copied from Hollywood, Chachi 420, features Kamal Haasan as the central performer. While the plot points remain similar, Mrs. Doubtfire of Bollywood includes its own unique spin
Bollywood: Agneepath (1990) Hollywood: Scarface (1983)
Way before Amitabh Bachchan’s role in the literary gem, The Great Gatsby, he proclaimed stardom in Agneepath by meticulously adhering to the crime epic by Brian De Palma, Scarface.
While for some, there’s no comparison between the two, it's worth noting that this Indian movie copied from Hollywood touched more hearts. You should definitely watch both to form your own conclusions
Bollywood: Partner (2007) Hollywood: Hitch (2005)
Both movies revolve around a professional date doctor who helps his best friend with his love life and in the process, falls in love with a girl. While both films are full of stereotypes, compared to the desi one, the Hollywood version delivered more quick wit. Ultimately, the comeback film for Govinda, along with good vibes and a feel-good sensation, captured the hearts of audiences wholeheartedly
Bollywood: Yuvvraaj (2008) Hollywood: Rain Man (1988)
This Hollywood remakes in Bollywood largely followed a very similar outline to the original version. A rich father leaves everything to his autistic son after his death. To get a part of the fortune, the other brothers have to play nice.
The only novelty of the Bollywood version is the inclusion of a few changes like the introduction of a third brother, and rather than an exciting casino sequence, they chose to take the path of love, drama, and family.
However, there are still a few people out there who claim that Bollywood was unable to translate the magic of the four-time Oscar-winning Hollywood classic. What are your thoughts?
Bollywood: God Tussi Great Ho (2008) Hollywood: Bruce Almighty (2003)
Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carey alongside Morgan Freeman and their stupendous performance needs no introduction. The same goes for God Tussi Great Ho.
The Bollywood version featured a notable cast like Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anupam Kher, and Amitabh Bachchan among others. With witty comedy bits and an explored storyline, it’s an excellent movie that will leave you feeling worried less, for a few hours at least. Tussi should watch and judge.
Bollywood: Sarkar (2005) Hollywood: The Godfather (1972)
The director of Sarkar, Ram Gopal Varma, unequivocally acknowledges developing his movie as a “homage” to the classic Corleone crime series.
Featuring the streets of Mumbai, Sarkar is an indigenized Bollywood movie inspired by Hollywood one, The Godfather. By bestowing unbridled power to Bachchan's “overlord” and incorporating an added political story, Sarkar defies expectations. It quickly became a hit and gave rise to many sequels with Sarkar 3 releasing in 2017 is the latest one
Bollywood: Bang Bang! (2014) Hollywood: Knight and Day (2010)
With similar storylines, in the Hollywood one featuring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Cruise plays the role of a CIA agent wrongly thought of as one who's gone rogue. Similarly, in this Bollywood movie inspired by Hollywood, Hrithik is seen as a criminal who is after saving the Kohinoor from falling into the hands of the wrong person. In both, they’re after an object that many people are lusting after.
Regardless of drawing inspiration from the same material, the movies differ. The more romanticized Bang Bang adds novel twists and modifications. The Bollywood adaptation shifts between romance, drama, comedy, and action, which adds extra flavour. Combine this with the zestful song and dance routines and the way Hrithik and Katrina have infused life into their characters, you’ll be wowed! Sit back, relax, and let this action-packed movie with stunning locations de-stress you.