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Half Yearly Inspired Movies List of 2014 - Till June (with Borrowed or Similar Themes)

21 Jul, 2014 | Articles on Cinema

Offering a very few off-beat gems like HIGHWAY, QUEEN and ANKHON DEKHI (the first two ironically also included in the list!), the early half of year 2014 continued to have many inspired as well officially remade films which clearly revealed that we are seriously short of good writers and new ideas to work upon in our Hindi films.
And here goes the list…..!
1. Yaarian – A mix and match concept inspired from “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ (1992), “Ugly Betty” T.V. serial plot (2006) and “Student of The Year” (2012).
2. Hasee Toh Phasee – A reverse gender version of “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” (2011).
3. Darr @ The Mall – Another loosely inspired version of “Grave Encounters” (2011).
4. Bewakoofiyaan - Its basic plot reminds you of the famous “Meet The Parents” (2000) series of films.
5. Ragini MMS 2
– Takes the 2 small kid girls straight from “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2003).
6. O Teri –
Has a very strong influence of “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” (1983) in its various sequences.
7. Disco Singh (Punjabi)Entirely based on
French Comedy “The Valet” (2006), which was earlier copied by Govinda & David Dhawan in “Do Knot Disturb” (2009).
8. Jatt James Bond (Punjabi)Based on a plot borrowed from “Charley Varrick” (1973) which was too based on John Reese’s novel titled “The Looters”.
9. Queen – Partially inspired from “The Art of Travel” (2008) and faced allegations too for the same.
10. Fugly –
Borrows the basic inspirations for its overall format and execution from films like “Paanch” (2003 – Unreleased officially), “Shaitan” (2011), “Fukrey” (2013) and “Rang De Basanti” (2006).
11. Humshakals -
Takes one scene from the famous “Marx Brothers” (mirror sequence), one from “Amar Akbar Anthohy” (1977) and a whole phrase from Kishore Da’s “Half Ticket” (1962) wherein he constantly says, “Main Paagal Nahin Hun, Mera Dimaag Kharaab Hai”.
12. Ek Villain – Reworked
Indianised version of the Korean film “I Saw The Devil” (2010)

Official Remakes of the West as well as Hindi and Regional Indian Films.
1. Jai Ho – Official remake of a Telugu Film “Stalin” (2006).
2. Heartless – Reportedly an official remake of English flick “Awake” (2007)
3. Highway – Remake of one of Imtiaz Ali’s T.V. Serial episode of the series called “Rishtey” with the same title “Highway” aired more than a decade back.

4. Total Siyapaa – Remake
a Spanish comedy “Only Human” aka “Seres Queridos” (2004).
5. Gang of Ghosts –
Remake of Bengali hit comedyBhooter Bhabishyat” (2012).
6. Main Tera Hero – Remake of
2011 Telugu hit “Kandireega”.
7. Heropanti – Remake
of 2008 Telugu hit “Parugu”.
8. Citylights - Remake of a widely acclaimed gem titled “Metro Manila”made in Tagalog language in the year 2013.
9. Holiday -
Remake of the Tamil hit “Thuppaki” (2012).

Inspired Movies from Real Life Incidents and Life Stories
1. Gulaab Gang – Supposedly based on the true story of Gulaabi Gang’s leader Smt. Sampat Pal who also filed a case against the film for the same.
2. Lakshmi – Reportedly inspired from real life incident in Andhra Pradesh.
3. Youngistaan –
Straight away reminds you of a leading political party and its young leader.
4. Manjunath – Based on a tragic as well as shocking happening of the year 2005.
5. X-Pose –
Has a whole list of real life events used in the film related with the Hindi Film Industry. (So do read the detailed review for all instances incorporated in the script.)

Inspired Movies from Literature and Books
1. Dedh Ishqiya – The writers pay a very smart and hidden tribute to the famous progressive Urdu writer “Ismat Chugtai” by intelligently adapting her controversial story “Lihaaf” in the script partially and mentioning the name too in one of its dialogues.
2. 2 States – An official adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel with the same title.

(Note: Please do let me know if you are aware of any other inspired movie which came in the period of Jan-Jun 2014 but is not listed here by chance.)

Tags : Half Yearly Inspired Hindi Movies List of 2014 Till June with Borrowed or Similar Themes, Articles on cinema by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Inspired Films of 2014, Official Remakes released in 2014, Borrowed Hindi Films of 2014.
21 Jul 2014 / Comments ( 6 )
kumar gaurav

Samrat and Company - Sherlock Holmes and i also feel that Ragini Mms 2\'s climax was bit inspired from the Conjuring..this is what i felt.

Bobby Sing

Hi Kumar,
The films you have mentioned have too general similarities so would not be able to include here, as every detective film cannot be referred to be a Sherlock Holmes inspired work and all exorcism based horror films end in more or less the same manner.

However if you have some exact references of scenes then do let me know please.


arjun singh

Youngistaan is the remake of telugu movie "Leader"

Bobby Sing

Hi Arjun Singh,
Having watched the film and now after reading LEADER's detailed synopsis I don't think so that its exactly a remake. Still do share any official or unofficial info link about it if you can.


raj vardhan

Hello Sir!
I haven\'t seen Amitabh Bachchan\'s YUDH but according to wikipedia the the serial is inspired by an american tv series called BOSS.

Bobby Sing

Hi Raj,
Yeah, earlier we were assuming it to be an inspired version of BREAKING BAD but now it seems to be actually following BOSS as you said.


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