Ctrl – C & Ctrl – V of 2005

So while on the topic of things characteristic to Bollywood, how can we forget what it’s famous or rather infamous for. Remakes!
Over the years, producers and directors galore have developed quite a notorious reputation for getting inspired or making blatant remakes of past hit films. So how could this year be any different?

One of the first movies to make it to this list would probably be the Mahesh Manjrekar dud Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav, a remake of the Hollywood film A Fish Called Wanda. However, like we all know, it sank without a trace. Maybe the makers should have tried something original instead!

February brought with it the spring season and the Suneel Darshan directed Bewafaa. Having an impressive star cast like Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen and Kareena Kapoor, it dealt with infidelity, a subject done to death in filmdom. This one had traces of the 1967 Hindi classic Humraaz.

The summer of 2005 was definitely scorching with the deadly combination of Rekha and Mallika Sherawat in Bachke Rehna Re Baba. From the promos itself it could be figured out that this one was a revision of the Sigourney Weaver – Jennifer Hewitt starrer Heartbreakers.
One of the biggest musical hits of the year Zeher was remake of Out Of Time. This one surprised everyone as it did well without the backing of a massive starcast. Ajay Devgan couldn’t re-create the same brilliance of Sean Penn while playing a mentally challenged character in Main Aisa Hi Hoon that was a desi adaptation of I Am Sam.

BlackThe first movie of the year with Shah Rukh Khan in the lead was his home production Paheli. This one was an alteration of the yesteryear film Duvidha, which in turn was an adaptation of the novel of the same name. Few people might be aware that one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films Black missed an entry to the Oscars because it was heavily inspired by the Hollywood film The Miracle Worker.

Director Ram Gopal Varma had no qualms accepting that his film Sarkar was heavily inspired by The Godfather and gave it due credits in the titles as well as tribute to it.
Another film from the RGV camp James was loosely derived from Varma’s first Hindi film Shiva. However Varma was not much happy with this film directed by his prot?g? Rohit Jugraj and is now making his own version of James with the same starcast. Interestingly he has titled the film Shiva. First Shiva remade as James, now James being remade as Shiva. Life has come a full circle for Ram Gopal Varma.

As list seems to be endless.

Bollywood (Remake) Inspired From (Original)
No Entry Masti (Bollywood), Seven Year Itch (Hollywood)
Garam Masala Boeing Boeing (Malayalam), Boeing Boeing(Hollywood)
Kyon Ki Thalavattam(Malayalam)
Jo Bole So Nihaal Crocodile Dundee (Hollywood)
Naina Jian Gui (Cantonese – Thai film)
Nazar Eyes of Laura Mars (Hollywood), Jian Gui (Thai)
Dansh, Siskiyaan Death and the Maiden (Hollywood)
Viruddh Saraansh (Bollywood)
Ramji londonwaley Nala Damyanthi (Tamil)
Dil Jo Bhi Kahey Cest La Vie (French TV Series)
Deewane Huye Paagal There’s Something About Mary (Hollywood)
Bold Phool Bane Angaarey (Bollywood)
Anjaane – The Unknown The Others (Hollywood)
7 ? Phere ED TV (Hollywood)
Mazaa Mazaa 13 Going on 30 (Hollywood)
Sauda (The Deal) Indecent Proposal (Hollywood)
Mr Ya Miss Hot Chicks (Hollywood)
Ek Ajnabee Man On Fire (Hollywood)
Forthcoming (2006)
Zinda Old Boy (Hollywood)
Holiday (2006) Dirty Dancing (Hollywood)
Fight Club (2006) Fight Club (Hollywood)

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