12 June-2014, MTV: Because remakes aren’t necessarily the best form of flattery.
Scripts and storylines may be easy to ‘borrow,’ but unfortunately the success of the originals isn’t up for grabs. Here’s a look at seven Bollywood movies that learnt this lesson the hard way:
Dil Bole Hadippa
One of our few fond memories of Amanda Bynes was ruined irrevocably once producer Aditya Chopra decided that turning Amanda’s hit romcom She’s The Man into a shoddy remake made for a good idea. And decided to throw in Rakhi Sawant for some added shudders.
Kucch Toh Hai
Sorry Ekta Kapoor, but we all know what you did in 2003. Just like we all know where exactly did the inspiration for Kucch Toh Hai strike from.
God Tussi Great Ho
Not even Bruce Almighty himself could have saved this excuse for a remake from sinking into oblivion. And that’s putting it politely.
Deewane Huye Paagal
How do you pick up the Fourth Greatest Comedy Film of all time and turn it into the Greatest Dud of all time? Ask Vikram Bhatt. He does, after all, speak from the personal experience of trying to remake the 1988 blockbuster There’s Something About Mary. Honestly, trying to expect Rimi Sen to reprise Cameron Diaz’s role should have been their first cue that they had a flop on their hands.
Remodeling tonnes of gold into three Mini Coopers? And more importantly, expecting Sonam Kapoor to act? Given that the 2012 remake of the epic heist film The Italian Job comes from directors of Abbas – Mustan’s caliber, we can only wish that they had spared some portion of their cushy 50 crore budget to buy some logic.
They liberally borrowed the premise of Jai Ho from the Hollywood film Pay It Forward. And then decided that while they were at it, they might as well just ‘borrow’ the screenplay for the trailer as well. Sadly though, the success of the original was harder to replicate; with Jai Ho counted today as one of the few dents in Salman’s otherwise dream run at the box office in recent years.
Not even the presence of industry veterans Akshay Kumar & Aishwarya Rai Bachchan could catapult the period comedy to the success of its Oscar winning original, Back To The Future. Which is a shame, because it set Aditya Roy Kapur’s Bollywood career back and deprived us of his presence for three whole years. Sob.