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Inspired Movies List from the First Half of 2010.

07 Jul, 2010 | Articles on Cinema

Movies with Inspired / Borrowed or Similar Themes (Jan - Jun 2010)

1. Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta – Based on the same theme as in "In The Mood of Love" (Hongkong) (2000).
2. Raavan – Vaguely based on the Mythological Epic “Ramayana”
3. Ek Second... Jo Zindagi Badal De – A complete rip off from “Sliding Doors” (1998).
4. Raajneeti – Has sequences inspired from “The Godfather” series movies.
5. Bumm Bumm Bole – A weak Official Remake of Majid Majid’s “Children of Heaven”.
6. Housefull – Takes its major plots and sequences from “The Cooler” (2003), “Along Came Polly” (2004), “The Heartbreak Kid” (2007), “Night At The Museum” (2006), “Hangover” (2009) and “Meet The Parents” (2000). (Detailed article.)
7. Apartment – A Complete rip off from “Single White Female” (1992).
8. Prince – Has some acute similarities with “Hardwired” (2009). (Detailed article.)
9. Well Done Abba - Adapted from three different stories, “Narsaiyyan Ki Bavdi’ by Jeelani Bano, “Phulwa Ka Pul” by Sanjeev and “Still Waters” by Jayant Kriplani. It also shares a common theme with famous T.V. serial “Office Office” in which Pankaj Kapoor played a similar kind of role as Abba.
10. Hum Tum Aur Ghost – Takes its major contents from “Ghost Town” (2008) & “Ghost” (1990).
11. Shaapit – Based on a story quite identical with “Purana Mandir” (1984).
12. Lahore – Heavily borrows from “Best of the Best” (1989). (Detailed article.)
13. Love Sex Aur Dhokha – The Concept, shooting style and a particular story very similar to “Look” (2007). (Detailed article.)
14. Right Ya Wrong – A Complete rip off from ”Above Suspicion” (1995)
15. Hide & Seek – It’s like a refined version of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (1997).
16. Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge – Publicity Poster highly inspired from “License To Wed” (2007). Script based on Late Sharad Joshi‘s short story and the theme quite similar to Satyajit Ray’s “Agantuk” (1991). (Detailed article.)
17. Phoonk – Publicity Poster exactly similar to "Chaser" (2008). (Detailed article.)
18. Karthik Calling Karthik – The story is very similar to “Shatterday”, an episode in the first segment of the New Twilight Zone series, starring Bruce Willis (1985-86). The other similar themes also include TV series episodes like “Mirror Image”, “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” and “The Man Who Haunted Himself” (1970) based on the novel “The Strange Case of Mr. Pelham.” (Detailed article.)
19. Teen Patti Visibly inspired from “21” (2008).
20. Click A poor version of Thailand’s Hit movie “Shutter”, has sequences similar to “The Ring” (1998) and the climax is inspired from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960).
21. Toh Baat Pakki Based on a story close to “Chitchor” (1976)  & “DDLJ” (1995).
22. My Name Is Khan Not entirely inspired but the concept and performance of Shahrukh is on the similar lines of Tom Hanks inForrest Gump” (1994), Dustin Hoffman in “Rainman” (1988) and Sean Penn in “I Am Sam” (2001).
23. Rann – Story inspired from the Wallace bestseller novel, The Almighty (1982).
24. Veer - Resemblances with “Taras Bulba” (1962) and “Kranti” (1981). 
25. Chance Pe Dance– Has a particular sequence inspired from “The School Of Rock” (2003).
26. Dulha Mil Gaya – Mixture of plots from “Naseeb Apna Apna” (1986) and “Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye” (1977).
27. Accident on Hill Road– All inspired from “Stuck” (2007).
28. Raat Gayi Baat Gayi – Shares a same theme with “The Hangover” (2009)
29. Bolo Raam - A remake of the Tamil film “Raam” (2005).

Inspired Movies from Real Life Incidents
30. Road To Sangam -The film was inspired by the event of discovery of one part of Mahatma Gandhi's ashes in a bank locker some years ago in India.
31. City Of Gold – The main plot revolved around the closure of all major Mumbai Textile Mills in the eighties and its related consequences on the city.
(Reportedly the number of Inspired Movies in the first half of 2010, was almost the double than the total seen in first half of 2009).

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07 Jul 2010 / Comments ( 7 )

Dear Bobby ji,

I am quite impressed with the bibliography of your knowledge bank. Nice to meet a person , a friend who is real movie buff as I used to be in yester-years. Back to the topic, I feel this should be published in almost all leading newspapers. An essential eye opener for audiences as well as film fraternity.

Great Job brother.



Bobby Sing

Vinay ji, Thanks for your kind words and I must say that I feel equally honored to have a creative friend like yourself through this web media playing a big role in our lives now.

Yes, the topic is relevant and it should be read by all who are interested.......but frankly speaking in all these years of my film watching, I still only rarely meet a person who is actually thrilled or excited to know about the inspiration angle.

Though Cinema is the most powerful and famous medium of our country, still it is taken very lightly by most of the people when it comes to its Originality or Creative Writing. Its really sad that most of the youngsters too are only interested about the 3 hour entertainment they are coming for and they are least bothered about whether it is all copied or not.

I am not against inspiration, because if you really are a well read and "Khoji" person then it is more than obvious that you get influenced by some great masters of their arts. That has to be there. But literally copying from another source and not even mentioning its name anywhere in your product disturbs me a lot.

If you dont give the due credits to its original writers then its just like making the claim of painting a masterpiece, when its original painter is unknown, unheard of or is rather dead.

And the biggest irony is that people so fearlessly even go on to the stage to receive prestigious awards for their movies which were all copied from some other person's hard work done in another part of the world.

Still my hope is alive as we do get some Original movies too every year, like this year we had "City of Gold" and "Road to Sangam". 

Moreover, movies inspired from our rich Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi literature are greatly welcome always.

So lets keep our hopes alive for the next half of the year.


Justin John

Nice, only one official remake.

Bobby Sing

Yeah Justin, Only one and that too a very pale one in comparison to its original...

Thanks for writing in and keep visiting.....Cheers!


Dear Bobby ji,

Rather its my honour to befriend such an honest soul who projects thoughtful observation with such an ease as well as crystalline approach. India is still on the process of accepting freedom for they still lack to understand the real meaning of it.
Freedom itself is a huge responsibility and like you said so very well, even the new generation is yet to step in that direction. 90% of youngsters opting for arranged marriages just for the sake that it becomes easy for them to blame their parents if any thing goes wrong, reveals how coward they still are when it comes to taking decisions and facing responsibilities. Such people are not out to look for creativity as it is quite an unsafe zone, they are out to walk in a safe zone, well lined subjects to which they can easily relate themselves and do not have to give any efforts in walking the new path of thoughts.

As for film makers, the way Indian films are getting global responses, I am sure very soon they will forced to walk better.

You reminded me of Pinjar, one of my most favorite movies. I miss Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi Ji\'s work.




Bobby Good work!

Bobby Sing

Thanks Mohsin & Keep Visiting.......Cheers!

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