Bollywod Looks Towards Hollywood: Inspiration Or Copy?

Many films in the past have been inspired from Hollywood but find out which ones in the coming future also have similar plot lines...

Wednesday, August 06, 2008 | 9:00:00 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Bollywod Looks Towards Hollywood: Inspiration Or Copy?

Producing over 800 films a year, Bollywood is the largest entertainment industry in the world. With so much output happening yearly we are bound to run out of ideas. And then one can question how many movies in Indian cinema are actually 'original' ideas that haven't been so-called inspired?

Ugly aur Pagli, My Sassy GirlThoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Marry PoppinsU Me Aur Hum, Notebook

Inspiration from Hollywood films has been an ordinary fare in our industry for years. From music to ideas, India has looked towards the World for inspiration many a times. And this year especially has been a year full of remakes; the latest Ugly Aur Pagli was a tad bit similar to My Sassy Girl (a South Korean flick) isn't it? And any similarities noticed in the recent Kajol and Ajay Devgan starrer U Me Aur Hum and the Jame Farner, Gena Rowlands and Rachel McAdams Notebook? And we have not even left Marry Poppins alone this year as Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic came on a similar story line.

But lets take a sneak peek into the crystal ball and look towards the future to see what more inspirations or should we say copies are coming up.....

Hollywood Tussi Great Ho!

God Tussi Great Ho, Bruce AlmightyThe promos, the look and the whole feel of Salman Khan's next film God Tussi Great Ho seemed to give a deja vu feeling and remind one of Jim Carey's Bruce Almighty. An angry man at the end of a bad day, Salman Khan will be seen screaming at God (Amitabh Bachchan) and question God on the injustice he is facing. Priyanka">Priyanka Chopra">Priyanka">Priyanka Chopra playing his lady love will be seen in a character similar to Jennifer Aniston. Now will Salman's acting match the immense caliber of Jim Carry - we will have to wait and watch....But till then atleast Salman and all of us can really say Hollywood Tussi Great Ho - itne ideas joh diye hume!

Hijack, Die HardDie Hard Or Copy Hard?

The upcoming Esha Deol and Shiney Ahuja film Hijack seems to be resemble the popular Hollywood flick Die Hard. The subject of terrorism is tackled in this film which promises to have an action packed and gripping plot line similar to Die Hard. And yet the director keeps on claiming that the film is inspired from Die Hard and not a copy. Now exactly what is the difference between inspiration and copying for Bollywood is yet another question! Maybe its like saying on an exam instead of copying 100% I just copied 90% from my neighbor. What say?

Rab Bana Di Jodi, My Fair LadyRab Ne Bana Di Copy...

Just when you thought that the brilliant mind of Aditya Chopra will come up with a unique and original concept for his come back as a director, you are proved wrong! The Srk and Anushka Sharma starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is said to be inspired from the cult English classic My Fair Lady, which besides being a Hollywood film was also originally a Shakespearean play. Whether its a good copy or a bad copy, only time will tell but for now we can say Rab Ne Bana Di Copy, kyun Aditya?

Picture Abhi Baki Hai - More To Come!

Popular films like Wedding Crashers are already being discussed for Bollywood remakes as Nikhil Advani is in talks with Warner Brothers to remake the popular film. At least this time a director is officially discussing with the owners because other times we wonder whether our film makers ever even take the courtesy of informing their American counterparts about their so called inspirations. And we wonder when will the day come when Bollywood makes such a film that Hollywood wishes to get inspiration from?

Discuss: Share your opinion with us on whether you think Bollywood is plagiarizing or are we just using Hollywood films as an inspiration? Do you prefer the Bollywood version or the original English version of the film? Share with us here at India-Forums....

Courtesy: Bolly Curry

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Posted on: 17 November 2008 at 7:16am
Bollywood = Plagrisiam

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Posted on: 21 August 2008 at 9:39pm
Bollywood can be ahead hollywoodit can happen that bollywood is ahead of bollywood also;take mamma mia for instance,its hindi version came out in 1998 as mother 1998.well both films were adapted by the musical but we cant say it was copie,isnt it?

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Posted on: 19 August 2008 at 8:06am
i prefer the bollywood versions.. rather then the hollywood versions.. :)

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Posted on: 13 August 2008 at 8:46am
I don not feel too badly of copies, as long as they are done well - It should not fall flat or be made as a mockery of the original... I actually enjoy these...

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Posted on: 13 August 2008 at 5:25am
i don't like them doing this....

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Posted on: 10 August 2008 at 10:50pm
mee 2 prefer the original ...thnsk for sharing

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Posted on: 07 August 2008 at 11:57pm
movies like my sassy girl n bruce almighty n many others are copies of asian movies...

so hollywood started the trend of copying original ideas..therefore bollywood shudnt b the only ones punichsed for this..

b/wood is only followin in the footstep of h/wood in stealin plots

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Posted on: 07 August 2008 at 10:50am
Re: My Fair Lady is NOT a Shakespearean PlayMy Fair Lady is based on a classic play by George Bernard Shaw - 'Pygmalion'. The play has been previously adapted into hollywood and into a long running marathi stage play by PL Deshpande. Writers of the post, please edit your posts and do your research well.

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Posted on: 06 August 2008 at 10:30pm
hey baby also is a copy of a hollywood hit n sum turns in the film were obviously there to make it original but still it was a copy of the original

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Posted on: 06 August 2008 at 12:41pm
I dont mind copies that much... even game shows... its fun for ppl in india who never saw the original version. that way everyone can enjoy the same game shows with an added indian flavor to it :D

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