5 Big Hollywood Movies Copied From Bollywood That Might Surprise You A Lot

Leela Adwani |Feb 24, 2021

It’s hard to say Hollywood filmmakers entirely get ideas from their Indian counterparts but sometimes we do see Hollywood movies are inspired majorly by Hindi films. Here are some!

Plagiarism turns out to be a familiar topic in Bollywood. The Hindi cinema is usually blamed for copying from Hollywood. A lot of movies face backlash and receive a wave of boycott. However, whether Hollywood movies copied from Bollywood or not has been the talk of the town.

Hollywood Movies Copied From Bollywood
There are more Hollywood movies copied from Bollywood than you may think.

It’s hard to say Hollywood filmmakers entirely get ideas from their Indian counterparts but sometimes we do see Hollywood movies are inspired majorly by Hindi films. Here are some:

1. Just Go With It (2011) - Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005)

If you are a big fan of the romantic comedy genre, Just Go With It is hands down on your must-watch films list. Starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as a fake married couple, the film was a blockbuster back then.

Just Go With It Vs Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya 2005
Fans find a lot of similarities between these two films.

Sandler steps into the role of a plastic surgeon who constantly flirts with beautiful women by lying about the unhappy marriage. Meanwhile, Aniston plays the role of his assistant who is convinced by him to pretend to be his ex-wife in order to make up for his lie when he falls for a young blonde woman.

Not only a fake wife but also fake children because he also ropes in his assistant’s kids to play along. The “family” of four then embarks on a journey where they continuously play the role of a divorced family until the pair realize the true feelings they have for each other.

If you already find the plot of the film quite familiar as they seem to watch a film like this before, then you are right. That’s because it’s pretty similar to Sushmita Sen and Salman Khan-starrer film Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya releasing in 2005.

2. Fear (1996) - Darr (1993)

Starring King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, Darr is considered a cult movie in Hindi cinema. The image of a crazy stalker played by SRK has never been erased from the B-wood fans’ minds. As SRK is obsessed with Juhi Chawla, he decides to carve her name on his chest.

Fear 1996 Vs Darr 1993
Darr is one of the most iconic movies of Hindi cinema.

We once again spot this special detail in the film Fear three years later. In fact, James Foley-directorial film’s name Fear was also translated from the 1993 B-wood movie.

Even though there are several certain differences in the Hollywood version, even a little detail in the film is enough to make many people stick to the belief of Hollywood movies copied from Bollywood.

3. Leap Year (2010) - Jab We Met (2007)

Both films are loved by millions of fans. Their narrative might be different but the premise is quite similar.

Leap Year 2010 Vs Jab We Met 2007
Despite the similarities, both films will surely take you on a journey of love.

Featuring Matthew Goode and Amy Adams in the lead role, the film revolves around the journey of an American girl heading to Dublin to propose to her beau. However, en route to her boyfriend’s place, she gets lost and faces several challenges that also help her find the true love of her life.

The desi version stars Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles. If you both saw two films, you might find a lot of things in common between these two.

4. Delivery Man (2013) - Vicky Donor (2012)

Vicky Donor was one of the films that help the award-winning actor Ayushmann Khurrana proved himself as a force to be reckoned with in the film industry. He nailed his role who is a sperm donor. The romantic comedy-drama became one of the most successful hits of the year.

Delivery Man 2013 Vs Vicky Donor 2012
The films discuss a quite sensitive topic.

It turned out to be a huge source of inspiration for many filmmakers and the maker of Delivery Man was one of them. However, reports have it that both the films are based on a 2011 drama titled Starbuck.

5. Pearl Harbor (2001) - Sangam (1964)

It would raise a few eyebrows when the name of the 2001 super hit Pearl Harbor is also found in the list of Hollywood movies copied from Bollywood.

Pearl Harbor 2001 Vs Sangam 1964
Pearl Harbor is one of the most successful films in the career of Ben Affleck.

Pearl Habor is a romantic war blockbuster starring superstar Ben Affleck. It was taking the worldwide box office by storm. However, if you are a die-hard fan of Bollywood classic movies, you will quickly see great similarities between Pearl Habor and the 1964 film Sangam.

Sangam features Raj Kapoor, Vyjayantimala, and Rajendra Kumar in the lead role. Two films both tell the story of a love triangle where two close friends love the same woman in a war-torn backdrop. One of them has to make the sacrifice for the other two’s happiness.

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