The trend of copying movies in Bollywood has been quite popular from the beginning. Bollywood serves to entertain the 2nd largest population in the world. Now that’s a big responsibility and you’d think that they’d try to be original. But you’d be wrong. There’s a fine line between getting inspired by the work of another person and plagiarizing it, sadly Bollywood seems unashamed in crossing that line repetitively.
The trend of copying from Hollywood and Tollywood movies is something we are already quite familiar with, however, there are times when the creators of different movies took a premise and gave it their own twist. Yes, Bollywood copied their own movies!! So, let’s have a look at such instances:
Bhagat Singh- 6 films
In 2002 itself, Bollywood made 3 films on the late Bhagat Singh. The first Bollywood movie was made in 1954 called ‘Shaheed-e-Azad Bhagat’. Not many know that ‘Sarfaroshi Ki Tammanah’ was from this movie. The second starred Shammi Kapoor in Bhagat Singh (1963) and the next ‘Shaheed’ in 1965 had Manoj Kumar portraying the role. In 2002 Bollywood saw Sonu Sood, Bobby Deol, and Ajay Devgn as ‘Bhagat Singh’.
Padman and Phullu
Sharib Hashmi starrer Phullu deals with the story of a village man who tries to make cheap sanitary napkins for the women of his village who stick to the age-old method of using a cloth and suffer from an infection. While Phullu makes hand-made sanitary pads but he cannot succeed in making the village women use the same due to lack of cooperation from them.
Akshay Kumar starrer Padman is inspired by the true story of Tamil Nadu based entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham who made cheap, affordable sanitary napkins for the women in his village. The Padma Shri (2016) recipient has invented a low-cost sanitary pad making machine to manufacture sanitary pads in large amounts.
Romeo And Juliet- 5 films
There are 5 films based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. And out of them, only two failed to generate moolah at the box office. ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’ (1981) was the first one and it won a National Award. ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ (1988) was the one which got Aamir Khan in Bollywood. ‘Ishaqzaade’ (2012) this movie was a commercially and critically acclaimed movie. ‘Issaq’ and ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela- Ram Leela’ (2013) was the recent adaptations.
Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag and Sholay
Sholay was released on 15 August 1975 and was one of the highest-grossing films of the era and was loved by the audience. Sholay went on to earn a still-standing record of 60 golden jubilees across India and was the first film in India to celebrate a silver jubilee at over 100 theatres.
Whereas, Aag also known as Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag, was a 2007 Indian action-drama film that was written, and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. It was an adaptation of the 1975 Hindi film Sholay, it was negatively received by the critics and many have considered it to be one of the worst films ever made.
Devdas- 5 films
Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s story has been adapted in Bollywood 5 times and each has been a masterpiece. The first being in 1936 with K.L.Saigal. The second came in 1955, starred Dilip Kumar and was a memorable one. In 2002 came Shah Rukh Khan as Devdas and we loved what Sanjay Leela Bhansali did. Anurag Kashyap gave it his twist with Dev D. And now, Sudhir Mishra has come up with ‘Aur Devdas’.