5 Hollywood Movies That Were Inspired by Bollywood

5 Hollywood Movies That Were Inspired by Bollywood
5 Hollywood Movies That Were Inspired by Bollywood
There is a line between being inspired by something and blatantly imitating it, and Bollywood uses that line like a skipping rope. It has been paying “homage” to Hollywood movies since the very beginning. Sometimes it does so by using a fascinating theme examined in a Hollywood flick and sometimes by mimicking the entire script, sets, and set-pieces of the original film. It’s really like playing in an online casino—your luck plays a crucial part in the process and you’ve got to play your moves with a great deal of trickery.
But enough people have already talked about and made jokes about serial plagiarism in Bollywood that this dialogue has grown rather stale. So, let’s have a look something that doesn't really get the spotlight it deserves and gets overlooked by the majority of moviegoers.
Hollywood isn’t exactly innocent of plagiarism and as shocking as it may sound, from time to time, Hollywood has been “inspired” by Bollywood.
Sounds unbelievable? Don’t worry. By the time you are finished with this article, you will have gained a new sense of pride, appreciation, and affectation for Bollywood.
Here are five movies that demonstrate just how unexpectedly mutual the plagiarism relationship between Hollywood and Bollywood really is.

1.A Common Man (2013), inspired by A Wednesday (2008)

Bollywood thrillers tend to be garbage. Movies like’ Race 3’ and ‘Kick’ insult their audience while movies like ‘Madras Café’ try so hard to be clever they end up as a snore fest. Then there is ‘A Wednesday’. One of the best thrillers India has ever produced, tackling themes of terrorism, lost innocence and justice as a matter a perspective.
This movie was so remarkable that Hollywood couldn’t resist making their own version of it with Sir Ben Kingsley in the lead no less! While the western take is quite intriguing the original is unquestionably superior.

2.Hitch (2005), inspired by Chhoti Si Baat (1976)

Comedy is very hard to pull off well and Bollywood has really been struggling with it since essentially ‘Andaaz Apna Apna’ came out. But this wasn’t always the case. There was a time when movies like Chhoti si Baat were playing in cinemas that literally made people fall on the floor with laughter.
While not being an official remake, ‘Hitch’ starring the ever-charismatic Will Smith followed a very similar main character as Chhoti Si Baat and even the plot seemed to be loosely inspired by the far more hilarious Indian film.

3.Pearl Harbour (2001), inspired by Sangam (1964)

No, we are not kidding. Yes, Pearl Habour is supposed to be about the Japanese attack on the United States Navy during World War 2 and that is what people going to watch it assumed as well. In actuality, the strike is an afterthought till the last 15 minutes of the movie and instead people had to sit through a love-triangle that had major similarity to the gorgeous Bollywood film ‘Sangam’ starring the legendary Raj Kapoor. Atrocious movie? Yes. Inspired by Bollywood? For sure!

4.Fear (1996), inspired by Darr (1993)

Here’s an example of not even trying to hide the inspiration. The title of this movie is literally the English translation of ‘Darr’, the name of the Shah Rukh Khan starring psychological thriller. While James Foley does an amazing job playing the psychotic antagonist, Shah Rukh Khan’s portrayal is far more iconic and who can forget the immortal line, “ka.ka.ka...Kiran”.

5.Delivery Man (2013), inspired by Vicky Donor (2012)

Vicky Donor was a revolutionary film, one that single handled made sperm donation popular in the entire nation along with educating a lot of people about the intricacies involved with it all while giving the audience a fun and charming story.
While Delivery Man is quite loosely inspired by Vicky Donor, the fact that Hollywood was the one to follow Bollywood when it came to this rather Taboo subject is a real achievement. Also, can we just agree that Ayushman and Kriti are a far cuter on-screen couple than the Vince Vaughn and Cobie Smulders? Please?

Why A Copy Will Never Be As Good As The Original

While the above-mentioned movies are vastly different from each other they share at least one common factor. They are inferior to their Bollywood counterparts, some more than others. This really points towards the fact that the kinds of stories being told in one country are intrinsically linked with its people and their culture, and removing these elements will cause these stories to lose some of their charms. This, more than anything, proves that Indian Movies are special to India and nothing can ever replace them no matter how hard they try.


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