Copycat?: 15 Bollywood films that are way too ‘inspired’ from Hollywood

Be it music, plots, character names or movie posters, Bollywood has often been accused of lifting elements from the West. While some prefer to call it an inspiration, others look at it as blatant plagiarism. The most recent example involves Udta Punjab allegedly based on High Society, a 2002 novel by Ben Elton.

Here’s taking a look at other films, which have come under the scanner in the past.
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Kaante and Reservoir Dogs
Sanjay Gupta’s 2002 directorial became a cult classic that showed actors Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty rob a bank. Things turned ugly, when lawyers for the film 1998 film Reservoir Dogs realised that the plot was completely copied from the Harvey Keitel starrer.

Kaante was a copy of 1998 film Reservoir Dogs.

Satte Pe Satta and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
Popular comedy film Satte Pe Satta (1982) starring Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini, along with an ensemble cast, was a copy of Hollywood’s Seven Brides for Seven Sisters starring Howard Keel, which released in 1954.

Satte Pe Satta starring Amitabh Bachchan was lifted from 1954 film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.

Murder and Unfaithful
Two years after Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez created waves with their intimate scenes in the romantic thriller Unfaithful (2002), actors Emraan Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat created a similar furore in Murder. The Bollywood film which released in 2004 was lifted from the popular Hollywood film, which talks about extra marital affairs.

Murder was a copy of Diane Laine starrer Unfaithful.

Chachi 420 and Mrs. Doubtfire
Starring Kamal Hassan, the comedy film Chachi 420 (1997) was inspired from Mrs Doubtfire (1993) starring Robin Williams. Although there are many differences in the plot, the film broadly revolves around similar premise to the Hollywood counterpart, where a father cross dresses as a housemaid to remain close to his kids.

Chachi 420 took its plot from Robbin Williams starrer Mrs. Doubtfire.

Pyar Toh Hona Hi Tha and French Kiss
French Kiss (1995) starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline was never a big hit in the West. Perhaps that’s why the makers of its successful Bollywood version (1998) never admitted that the film was based on the Hollywood film.

Pyar Toh Hona Hi Tha was a hit in India, while the original French Kiss was a box office dud.

God Tussi Great Ho and Bruce Almighty
Even though director Rohit Dhawan of God Tussi Great Ho (2008) maintained the film was inspired from a folktale about a Brahmin boy, but, critics and reviewers found the Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra starrer similar to the 2003 comedy, Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston.

Salman Khan reprised the role of Jim Carrey from Bruce Almighty in God Tussi Great Ho

Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai and My Best Friend’s Wedding
When Uday Chopra decides to sabotage his best friend, Tulip Joshi’s marriage with Jimmy Shergill in the 2002 film, audience were quick to point out way too many similarities with the 1997 Hollywood film My Best Friend’s wedding.

Mere Yar Ki Shaadi hai was copied from My Best Friend’s Wedding.

Qayamat and The Rock
Seven years after Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage saved the city of San Francisco from a deadly chemical attack in the film The Rock (1996), Bollywood lifted the plot and showed Ajay Devgn and Aashish Chaudhary saving Mumbai from similar attacks by Arbaaz Khan and Sanjay Kapoor in Qayamat (2003).

Ajay Devgn and Aashish Chaudhary played the lead roles in Qayamat which was copy of The Rock.

Hum Tum and When Harry Met Sally
After Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan raised the question about whether a man and woman can be just friends in the 1989 film, Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherji debated the same thing for Indian viewers in Kunal Kohli directorial in 2001.