It is truly said that “Old is gold”. The trend of borrowing films in Bollywood has been followed for ages. The Bollywood industry is often known to “copy” or take inspiration from various Hollywood and Tollywood movies.
The few examples where Bollywood legitally copied the conventions are Rowdy Rathore, Kabir Singh, Tere Naam, 3 idiots, etc. However, there are times when Bollywood remade its classics!
Yes, while some of those classics managed to make it big in Bollywood, most of these remakes were mere a flop at the box office and are even said to ruin those cult classics. So, let’s have a look at some of such remakes in Bollywood:
The film Aag was made by ‘Ram Gopal Verma’ and was one of the biggest flops at the box-office. This movie was a remake of the cult classic Bollywood movie Sholay starring Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, and Amjad Khan.
The original film Sholay was a super hit at the box office and its dialogues still reside in the heart of fans. However, its remake Aag has a rating of 2.2 on IMDB and is considered one of the 100 worst films ever made!
Even after a good casting in the film with the actors like Amitabh Bachan, Sushmita Sen, and Ajay Devgn, this film turned out to be a disaster. The film if compared in terms of money was only able to gross 7 crores at the box office while its original movie Sholay, ran for about five years on theatrical release and grossed about Rs 30 crore in 1975.
The film Agneepath was the remake of the Bollywood classic by the same name starring Amitabh Bachchan with Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Neelam Kothari, Rohini Hattangadi, and Danny Denzongpa. Its remake by Karan Johar was an emotional tribute to his father Yash Johar.
In the remake of the film, the role of Amitabh Bachchan was played by Hrithik Roshan. Though Hrithik looked good in the shoes of Amitabh and played the role extremely well, it still cannot be compared to the cult classic. The remake of the film cannot be said to be a flop but it received an average response at the box office.
Probably the film which doesn’t need a detailed explanation!! Right!? Well, the movie Himmatwala was the remake of the Bollywood classic of the same name starring Jitendra. While the original was one of the best movies of Jitendra, and an action – comedy film which was also a remake of the Telugu film Ooruki Monagadu (1981).
Himmatwala 1983 was a giant commercial success, grossing ₹50 million, becoming the highest-grossing Indian film of 1983 as well as one of the ten highest-grossing Indian films of the 1980s. However, its remake by Sajid Khan in 2013 turned out to be a disaster. This could be probably referred to as one of the worst films of the actor Ajay Devgn.
Coolie No. 1 (2020)
The recently released remake Coolie No. 1 starring Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan is a remake of the 1995 film of the same name. The remake of the film was released this Christmas 2020 on Amazon Prime Video. Though the film was supposed to be released theatrically on 1 May 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both the films were directed by David Dhawan and the original film was one of the first successful movies of Karisma Kapoor. The acting of Govinda in the original movie is still remembered by the fans. However, its remake failed drastically to create that magic again.
Karzzzz was a 2008 Indian Hindi-language thriller film directed by Satish Kaushik. It stars Urmila Matondkar and Himesh Reshammiya. It is a remake of Karz (1980) and also inspired by The Reincarnation of Peter Proud which itself inspired by the Indian film Madhumati.
The film had the exactly same reincarnation story, but the magic created by Rishi Kapoor was something truly Magical which certainly cannot be recreated.
The film Khoobsurat starring Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan cannot be exactly referred to as the “remake” of the 1980 film Khoobsurat but was something similar to.
Though this 2014 movie is said to have one of the best performances by the actress Sonam Kapoor, the movie failed to create magic at the box office. The original film starring Rekha and Rakesh Roshan with various other performers was indeed amazing.
Pati, Patni Aur Woh (2019)
The movie Pati, Patni Aur Woh is a movie which has legitally been remade 3 times. Though all the movies had the same name, there was just a slight difference kept in the concept of all the three movies.
The latest release of this movie was in 2019 with Kartik Aryan, Bhumi Pednekar, and Ananya Pandey in the lead roles. The film was released on 6 December 2019 and was a super hit at the box office. But still, we can only say “OLD IS GOLD”.
Umrao Jaan (2006)
The J.P. Dutta-directed film, starring Aishwarya Rai, was a remake of the 1981 Rekha movie helmed by Muzaffar Ali. The new film made about Rs7 crore in domestic box office collections, while the older film had earned Rs85 lakh.
Judwaa 2 (2017)
Yet another movie directed by David Dhawan. The original movie had Salman Khan in the double role which was later played by David’s son Varun Dhawan. This movie was a complete package that had an exceptional plot and all the hit songs. Its remake in 2017, with the name Judwaa 2, was clearly up to the mark and moderately performed at the box office.
Apoorva Lakhia directed the Hindi-Telugu bilingual starring Ram Charan, a remake of the 1973 Amitabh Bachchan hit. The older film made Rs4 crore, while the new action-drama managed Rs13 crore. The new film starred actress Priyanka Chopra and Ram Charan in the lead roles. This film marked the Bollywood debut of Tollywood actor Ram Charan.
Probably the most favorite movie when it comes to remakes is ‘Devdas’ – it has been made not less than seven times, from 1935 to 2013 – in Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, and Telegu! But as we are sticking to Bollywood, we present the 1955 Dilip Kumar-Vyjayanthimala starrer Hindi version and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2002 epic remake. Shahrukh Khan-Aishwarya Rai-Madhuri Dixit more than did justice to the characters, and the opulence of Bhansali’s sets and props made sure it was the highest-grossing film that year.
Bol Bachchan (2012)
One of the finest comedy films of Bollywood, the movie Golmaal has been remade into Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam before being remade again in Bollywood in 2012. Renamed as ‘Bol Bachchan’ with Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgan in the lead roles, this movie continued the legacy of being a hit.
‘The case of the mustache’ that the movie was – 1979 original still commands much popularity for its story as well as for its soundtrack. Also, the comedy elements in the remake were well performed with perfect timing which further added to the success of the film.