Bollywood, as we know it, has a longstanding repertoire of movies. From its directors to producers, to the writers and actors there is an abundance of talent. The entire film fraternity works tirelessly to put together one hit film after another and give audiences the desired amount of entertainment. There are times however, when Bollywood has to bear the brunt of hearing how their films have been duplicated, plagiarized or inspired by Bollywood films. But did you know that this has also happened the other way around? You may not like to believe it, but there are a number of Hollywood movies that have been actually been inspired by Bollywood. So we got down to business and compiled a list of 10 Hollywood films inspired by Bollywood:
1. Fear (1996) - Darr (1993)
Not only is the name of this film a direct translation the love triangle in the film is also the same. An epic scene in the film shows the scene of stalker Shahrukh Khan, carving K-K-K-Kiran's name on his chest which has also been adapted by James Foley in his American thriller, Fear.
2. Kill Bill (2003) - Abhay (2001)
The famous thriller by Quentin Tarentino rose to fame after its release in 2003. While the plot somewhat differs, the Hollywood version had action sequences; which he himself told Anurag Kashyap, were inspired by the Kamal Hassan-starrer Abhay.
3. Pearl Harbor (2001) - Sangam (1964)
This one was about a romantic love triangle between two best friends and a girl. Both films hold a similar plot with the only difference being Sangam had only one friend as a pilot whereas its Hollywood counterpart had both. Pearl Harbor had a name which had a significant historic context however; the story was not at all about the incident of Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards.
4. Leap Year (2010) - Jab We Met (2007)
While the makers of Leap Year claimed the film was not inspired by Jab We Met, one close look at the film shows otherwise. The film narrates the story of a girl who is on her way to propose to her boyfriend, meets a stranger and shares a hotel room with him. They fall in love, get separated and eventually get married. Imtiaz Ali was more than happy about it and added, "I have heard that Leap Year takes inspiration from my film. I am happy and don't want to get into things such as copyright or plagiarism. It feels good to know that Hollywood films can also take elements from us."
5. Hitch (2005) - Chhoti Si Baat (1975)
There is a common misconception that Bollywood movie Partner is a copy of Hitch. But in fact, the truth of the matter is that Hitch itself was inspired by the plot of Chhoti Si Baat where a guy who fails to woo a girl takes help of a man who makes it his profession to help people with similar problems.
6. Divorce Invitation (2012) - Aahwanam (1997)
It is interesting to note that S.V. Krishnan Reddy himself recreated his Tamil romantic comedy for the Hollywood Box Office featuring Jonathan Bennett and Jamie L. Sigler.
7. Just Go With It (2011) - Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005)
The basic plots of these two films are very similar. Both these movies were inspired by Cactus Flower (1969) but with a different storyline. The Hollywood version stars Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler while the Bollywood film features Salman Khan and Jennifer Aniston.
8. Delivery Man (2013) - Vicky Donor (2012)
The basic idea of the Hollywood version of this film was derived from Vicky Donor. The difference between the two is that Vince Vaughn's sperm donations amounted to a total of 533 children being born in the Hollywood version as opposed to Ayushman Khurrana’s 53.
9. A Common Man (2013) - A Wednesday (2008)
A Common Man is not only inspired by, but is also the official remake of the Neeraj Pandey, classic masterpiece. An Academy Award winner like Ben Kingsley was the only way to pull off Naseeruddin Shah's character from A Wednesday according to Chandran Rutnam. A Common Man was so successful that it won awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor at the Madrid International Film Festival.
10. Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004) - Rangeela (1995)
The basic plot of this Bollywood classic is that of a girl caught in a love triangle between her best friend and a movie star. The Bollywood version has Aamir Khan essaying the role of a rowdy best friend and of course, there’s no Khan like Aamir Khan in the Hollywood version of the film.
So, while Bollywood films and its filmmakers keep a close eye on international cinema for drawing inspiration or just for ‘getting an idea’, it is pertinent to note that a lot of films have carried similar plots or have used the exact character map for their films in order to give audiences the most thrilling cinematic experiences. Indian audiences have more often than not been accepting of this with open arms, however, critics often criticize filmmakers for not being 'too original'. However, it is important to note that this has been the case the other way around too. Hollywood and international films have also been looking towards Bollywood to pick up on ideas, scenes and storylines. From the impeccable screenplay of Padmaavat, to the thrilling cinematic experience of Sanju and the fabulous portrayal of romance in Jab We Met; we’ve given you all the proof that Hollywood too can be inspired by Bollywood.