"Saaho" To "Dilwale": 10 Times Bollywood Flicks Shamelessly Copied Hollywood Movie Posters

Aesha |Nov 18, 2019

While inspiration is an entirely different thing, our filmmakers opted to lift the ideas directly. So here goes the roll of 10 Hindi films whose poster ideas were lifted from those of Hollywood movies.

Bollywood directors have taken inspiration from foreign films several times and apply it to their directorial. There were some occasions when Hindi movies got criticized for creativity and authenticity deficiency.

From time to time, the filmmakers of the B-town not just borrowed Hollywood content but even blatantly copied their original movie ideas. The latest instance is Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas film Saaho. The whole movie, from the number to the film poster seems to be the dupe version of a number of Hollywood flicks.

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What is funnier is that although they have such taken of making films, the makers literally ended up making a facsimile of the international movies’ posters. While inspiration is an entirely different thing, our filmmakers opted to lift the ideas directly.

So here goes the roll of 10 Hindi films whose poster ideas were lifted from those of Hollywood movies.

Saaho vs Blade Runner 2049


When Saaho’s poster got published, many controversies sparked as fans could quickly point out how similar it was with that of the 2017 film Blade Runner 2049. The creativity lacking question was taken to the table after that.

Although Saaho did a good job at the ticket counter, the film was not at all favored by critics.

Ra.One vs Batman Begins


Shah Rukh Khan starrer Ra. One got backlashed because its poster was deemed as a copy of Batman Begins, the first installment of Christopher Nolan’s famous Batman trilogy.

Ra. One featured Kareena Kapoor Khan and SRK in the lead roles

Dilwale vs The Best Of Me


Rohit Shetty film Dilwale came out as a grand hit. However, before it was released, the movie had suffered from a big online rage as the poster had a staggering resemblance in comparison with romantic movie The Best Of Me.

Some have said that Dilwale was a total rip-off of the Hollywood flick.

Murder 2 vs Anti Christ


Many controversies surrounded Jacqueline Fernandez and Emraan Hashmi film Murder 2 as its posters appeared to be a foreign film’s copy. Murder 2’s poster shared a conspicuous similarity with that of Danish movie Anti-Christ.

Kites vs The Notebook


Kites lies among the most renowned films of Hrithik Roshan and it was also the debut Bollywood movie of Hollywood actor Barbara Mori.

In spite of that, there was another Hollywood link in the film because the posters were considered a complete rip-off of The Notebook, the classic and iconic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling.

Agent Vinod vs Johnny English Reborn


Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan movie Agent Vinod didn’t turn out well at the cinemas and on top of all that, the film was judged for the poster's resemblance with Rowan Atkinson starrer Johnny English Reborn.

Although the Hollywood movie was a mega film, Agent Vinod meanwhile failed to impress.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara vs Lords of Dogtown


Zoya Akhtar's film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara featured Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Abhey Deol, Kalki Koechlin and Farhan Akhtar.  The film was a mega-hit.

However, it was majorly disgraced as it had its poster plagiarized from Lords of Dogtown, starring Catherine Hardwicke.

Aitraaz vs The Graduate


Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor Khan movie Aitraaz was praised by the audience and it helped the stars gain quite a name in the industry.

However, the film’s poster was also a case of copying as it looked strikingly like that of The Graduate.

Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge vs License to Wed


The Bollywood film earned its name as a hit as it succeeded in cracking the audience up. The film had Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal and Ajay Devgn as main roles.

On another hand, the movie’s posters snatched attention as they looked similar to License to Wed, a Hollywood movie featuring Robin Williams, Mandy Moore and John Krasinski.

Anjaana Anjaani vs An Education


Although Anjana Anjani was favored by film critics as Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor delivered a quality portrayal in the film, it was not the audience’s favorite regarding the fact that the box office number did not come out well.

What is more, the film made headlines as its poster was seen as the copycat of An Education, the Tinseltown flick that featured Peter Sarsgaard and Carrey Mulligan.


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