Imitation is the highest form of flattery, especially when it comes to art and entertainment. It is no secret that Bollywood has been heavily influenced by Hollywood movies with regards to a few scenes and plotlines. Here are a few Bollywood movies inspired by Hollywood movies:
Inspired by I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Dostana was well received by the audience owing to the stellar star cast. The movie had just the right amount of humour while touching upon the subject of homosexuality and the taboo it holds in the eyes of the older generation.
Babu Bhaiyya may be eternal, but the plot of Phir Hera Pheri was inspired by a British comedy film, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Regardless, Phir Hera Pheri stood out because of the impeccable comic timing of the actors.
Hitch was the movie that inspired the Govinda-Salman Khan-starrer Partner. The story revolved around a socially awkward man guided towards dating his dream girl by a love guru, played by Salman Khan.
The plot of Ek Villain, which gave us the villainous avatar of the gentle Riteish Deshmukh, was inspired by the South Korean film I Saw The Devil. Although the Bollywood version was not as gory as its South Korean counterpart, the audience was floored by Riteish Deshmukh in a negative role.
The multi-starrer, We Are Family, was one of the first official remakes in Bollywood. A remake of Stepmom, the story revolved around a dying mother whose family had to adapt to the stepmother. The stepmother's role was played by Kareena Kapoor in the Bollywood version.
An official remake of The Italian Job, Players was a heist film starring many big names in Bollywood like Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, and Bobby Deol. Unfortunately, the film did not do so well at the box office.
Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, was the movie that inspired the official remake, Bang Bang. The makers entrusted the role of the protagonist to Hrithik Roshan, expecting him to create the Tom Cruise magic, and he delivered! While the Bollywood version differs slightly in execution and plot from its Hollywood counterpart, it is an entertaining watch.
Dil Bechara was an official remake of The Fault In Our Stars. Starring late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the film was well-received by the audience even though it could not receive a theatrical release.
The Girl On The Train is an official remake of a Hollywood movie, which, in turn, is an adaptation of a book of the same name. The story revolves around an alcoholic who tries to piece together the incidents of an unfortunate night. Parineeti Chopra plays the role of the protagonist in the Bollywood remake.
Another official remake in the pipeline is the Robert De Niro and Anne Hathway-starrer, The Intern. The film has not been officially announced due to the unfortunate demise of Rishi Kapoor but is reported to hit theatres by mid-2021.