Coming from a box-office based, song-for-every-scene kind of industry, Bollywood has been doing pretty well despite the overdose of all the masala and drama. Although making ridiculously unrealistic films which defy the laws of logic and the ever undefeated Newton rule of the hero NEVER dying in our films (with rare gravity defying exceptions of course) can still, somehow be excused, gratified by huge box office earnings and bad reviews, it is totally and completely unacceptable for them to be unoriginal. Yes folks, we are perhaps the cheesiest copy catters there are. But apparently Bollywood writers are either too lazy, or extremely hard put for concepts like ‘creativity’ and ‘imagination’. Just saying. It is very disappointing to know that most of the Bollywood movies are remakes of Hollywood movies that have made you cry and laugh at the same time. They not only copy, but very efficiently degrade the charisma of the original.
Here are six movies that have been remade word to word from their Hollywood look alikes-
1. Just Go With It = Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?
Needless to say, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya has the same plot, with a few Bollywood touches of course; but the female cast was on point. Jennifer Aniston’s role is played by the vivacious Sushmita Sen and the Barbie doll like Brooklyn Decker is played by a convincing Katrina Kaif. Even Arshad Warsi makes up for Nick Swardson’s role. But Salman Khan as Adam Sandler makes you wanna puke! What was David Dhawan thinking?? And though the movie was an apparent box office hit back then, this poor remake of the most hilarious romcom movie ever can be summed up in the question mark in it’s title.
2. Bruce Almighty = God Tussi Great Ho
They even used the same goddamn title. I mean, seriously?! We can come up with hoards of songs, but thinking up a new movie title of an already copied movie, is the least the directors can do. Director Rumi Jaffery redeems himself by casting Amitabh Bachan as Morgan Freeman from Bruce Almighty, as there couldn’t be a perfect ‘God’ anywhere else. But casting Salman Khan is an insult to the brilliant performance given by Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan. It’s not ‘gooooooooooooooooooooood’ at all.
This movie, that mainly served as a comeback for our beloved Govinda, was a huge hit, so it is outraging to know that it was copied. It incites the eternal- “Ye bhi original nai hai?!” Govinda brings his own charm to Kevin James’s character and is delightful to watch, but Salman Khan in his macho avatar has no comparison with the sexy, comic character that Will Smith so gracefully pulls off in this film. And I don’t know what David Dhawan was thinking, but is it a rule that the leading lady from the Hollywood film and our version of it have to have the same skin tone? Is that why Lara Dutta was chosen to play Eva Mendes? But compare it with Katrina’s pretty girl performance as Amber Valletta, and you’ll really start to love Lara.
4. Knight and Day = Bang Bang
For anyone who’s seen Knight and Day, Bang Bang must have come across as a comedy film rather than an action film. Although they mention before the movie starts that it has been inspired from Knight and Day (a decent move); ‘inspired’ is just a very well dressed sister of ‘copied’ but with cheap labels. Hrithik’s imitation of Tom Cruise’s sass in the movie can be called acceptable, but it does not seem to come naturally to him, a downer because Duggu can do better than that. But one can’t really digest Katrina Kaif as Cameron Diaz, as the ‘talking-to-herself-in –the-restaurant’s-bathroom’ scene testifies for it. But come on man, anyone’s gonna hear the commotion that Hrithik and his enemies were making outside……atleast, Tom Cruise killed everyone on the plane quietly. If you’re going to remake it, least make it a good one.
5. Pride and Prejudice = Bride and Prejudice
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was almost perfection and a classic in the form of Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Now, our adaptation of the same has a much more modern setting and the abysmal performance of Aishwarya Rai mars it a bit, but Gurinder Chadha has nailed the portrayal of our Indian society and our mindset about marriage. Anupam Kher and Nadira Babbar are cherries on an otherwise stale cake, this remake, albeit good, just misses the mark, and does not do justice to its Hollywood counterpart. I can almost hear Jane Austen saying ‘tut-tut’ in her British accent in the background.
6. 13 Going on 30+ 17 Again+ About Time+ The Time Traveller’s Wife= Baar Baar Dekho
If you ever want an instant headache, I would recommend you buy a DVD of Baar Baar Dekho. You will also discover an increased rate in your capacity to swear. One can say that Siddharth Malhotra had too much to drink that night; the most polite way of putting it. Cause I would like to treat the rest of the movie as his hallucinations and ask him to obediently go back to sleep. The knight in shining armour of this movie that rescued it was the song ‘Kala Chashma’. Other than that, this movie was one ugly princess. And although Katrina’s super- hot, post breakup fuelled workout body is flaunted appreciatively, her performance was nowhere near as hot. It seems to me as though Nitya Mehra, the director, had a movie marathon of time travel based Hollywood movies and just took one scene from each, culminating it into the disaster now known as Baar Baar Dekho. Even Dexter was more creative than this in his lab while mixing ingredients.
This movie is like a poorly cooked meal, not knowing what to put in what quantity. The whole crux of the film is the lesson on regrets and getting a makeover in life, only to find out that your decisions were right all along- 17 Again, 13 Going on 30 are both similar movies from which this was taken, But atleast the movies About Time and The Time Traveller’s Wife have a set system for time travel! This movie is merely flashbacks into the future.
For one thing, if Hollywood had patent rights on their movies, and if they ever sued us, we would go bankrupt in less than a day. And this would certainly put a stop to the money- making business called movies. Creativity, may you rest in peace!
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