Bollywood filmmakers take plenty of inspiration for their movies from Hollywood films. We’ve picked 10 movies that were strikingly similar to their originals.
Chachi 420 & Mrs. Doubtfire
Chachi 420, released in 1997, was a remake of the 1993 American comedy film, Mrs. Doubtfire. It featured Kamal Haasan in the lead role, playing the roles of both a divorcee and a nanny, just like Robin Williams did in the original. The plots of the two movies differed, but the concept and much else was similar to Mrs. Doubtfire.
Hum Tum & When Harry Met Sally
Hum Tum is a 2004 Indian romantic comedy film featuring Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji. It was loosely based on the highly memorable American romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally, which featured Bill Crystal and Meg Ryan in the lead roles.
Mr Ya Miss & Switch
Mr Ya Miss is a 2005 comedy film starring Antara Mali, along with Ritesh Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani and Divya Dutta. It was inspired by the 1991 popular film, Switch, which starred Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Smits, JoBeth Williams and Lorraine Bracco.
Life In A Metro & The Apartment
Released in 2007, Life in a Metro featured actors like Dharmendra, Nafisa Ali, Shilpa Shetty, Shiney Ahuja, and Kay Kay Menon. It was based on the 1960 Hollywood comedy drama film, The Apartment, which featured Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray.
Heyy Babyy & Three Men and a Baby
Heyy Babyy was a remake of the 1987 Hollywood film Three Men and a Baby, featuring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson and Nancy Travis.
U Me Aur Hum & The Notebook
U Me Aur Hum starred Ajay Devgan and Kajol in the lead roles. It was inspired by the American romantic film, The Notebook, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks.
Dostana & I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Dostana is a romantic comedy film featuring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra. It was released in 2008 and inspired by the 2007 Hollywood film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, which featured Adam Sandler and Kevin James.
Race & Goodbye Lover
A 2008 suspense thriller, Race featured Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy. It was inspired by Goodbye Lover, a film starring Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Ellen DeGeneres, Mary-Louise Parker and Don Johnson.
Aao Wish Karein & Big
Aao Wish Karein is a 2009 drama film starring Aftab Shivdasani and Aamna Shariff. It was inspired by the 1988 Hollywood film, Big, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, John Heard and Robert Loggia.
We Are Family & Stepmom
We are Family, a comedy drama film featuring Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, was released in 2010. It’s an official remake of the 1998 Hollywood film, Stepmom, which featured Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris.
Knock Out & Phone Booth
Knock Out, starring Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan Khan and Kangna Ranaut, was said to be an unauthorized remake of the 2002 American thriller film, Phone Booth, which starred Collin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell and Kiefer Sutherland.
Players & The Italian Job
This action thriller film, featuring Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, and others, is an official remake of the 2003 film, The Italian Job, starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Mos Def and Donal Sutherland.
Bang Bang! & Knight and Day