For today’s generation Bollywood is not just an entertainment industry, but it had attached emotionally with the feeling of fans. From the past 104 years of Bollywood cinema it is evolving and moving towards a new era of movies with new concepts, new ideas and new story line. But the bitter truth is that they are really not, there is no real creativity or innovational ideas left with the movies directed in Bollywood. From about 100 Bollywood movies 99 are copying some or the other content from the Hollywood or Tollywood movies, maximum of which are posters of the movies which are copied form Hollywood. Even the superstar cast movies are too involved in copying posters and making huge profits.
Plagiarism can be defined as a very close imitation, wrongful use of someone’s ideas, thoughts, or words. Bollywood, the Indian film industry is one of the biggest film industries in the world and it serves as source of entertainment to amaze the 2nd most populated country in the world, India. That’s a big creative job, to entertain the masses. There’s a fine line of difference between taking inspiration from someone’s work and plagiarizing it, but Bollywood has shamelessly crossed that line time and time again.
Here I present 20 blockbuster hit movies of Bollywood which copied their posters from Hollywood!
1. RA.ONE (2011) Poster Is Copied From The Hit Comic Book Film Batman Begins (2005)
The super hit movie casting Shah Rukh khan, was the next step towards the evolution of Bollywood with VFX and technology with idea of India’s next super hero movie was actually copied poster from Batman Begins (2005)
2. Anjaana Anjaani (2010) Poster Is Copied From The Film An Education (2009)
The blockbuster and super hit movie of Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, which was banged the Bollywood with new concept of love story line has its poster copied from an Hollywood movie An Education (2009).
3. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) Poster Is Copied From The Film Lords Of Dog Town (2005)
The most successful and loved movie of all time casting Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol was the most hit movie in box office and Bollywood movie to reach 100% rating on rotten tomatoes, But the poster dries up the surface as it was copied from Lords Of Dog town (2005).
4. Ghajini (2008) Poster Is Copied From The Superhero Film The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The first most successful hit on box office with star cast of Aamir Khan was a super duper hit movie and extremely loved movie of 2008, with lots of recognized awards, but at last the poster copied form The Incredible Hulk (2008).
5. PK (2014) Poster Is Copied From The Movie Quim Barreiro’s (2006).
What a tremendous hit movie of that year with highest box office collections till 2014, PK is the fifth highest grossing Indian film worldwide, casting Aamir khan, at last the poster which was copied from Quim Barreiro’s (2006).
6. Ajay Devgn’s Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? copied the poster from the film Licence To Wed (2007).
7. Varun Dhawan’s hit blockbuster film Badlapur copied its poster from the hit film 300.
8. One of the biggest grossing films Bahubali’s poster is copied from Simon Birch (1998)
9. Once again we have Emraan Hasmi’s film here, Captain Nawab copied the poster from the video game Call of Duty.
10. Saif Ali Khan’s Phantom copied its poster from the video game titled Homefront.
Now it doesn’t matter whether it’s the story, musical score, characters or even the film posters, Bollywood has been continuously accused of stealing from the Hollywood. While the Indian film directors justify it by calling it an inspiration, but the critics and hardcore movie goers see that as the obvious plagiarism. We have seen many Hindi films being a cheap rip-off of classic and cult English films, such as Sanjay Gupta’s Kaante being inspired heavily from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. Emraan Hasmi and Mallika Sherawat starrer romantic thriller ‘Murder’ being the Indian remake of the film Unfaithful (2002) which starred Diane Lane.
11. The horror film Final Destination 2 is the inspiration behind the poster of Indian horror movie Bhoot.
12. Hisss Film took serious inspiration from the hit film King Arthur (2004).
13. Hulchul film has a poster which is very similar to the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).
14. Mausam’s film poster is copied from the blockbuster hit Titanic (1997).
15. Emraan Hasmi’s poster is copied from the video game Max Payne 2 – The Fall of Max Payne.
16. Murder 2 Film Poster Is Copied From The Film Antichrist (2009).
Now the reason why Bollywood copies heavily from Hollywood is because of their lack of creativity. I mean it is easier to just copy and make great money with someone else’s work. Bollywood hates the word ‘Copying’, it prefers ‘Inspired’. But there are also times when the west Hollywood took inspiration from the Bollywood and copied the Indian movies. The most notable examples being ‘Vicky Donor’ and ‘A Wednesday’.
17. Another Murder film which copied the poster from Megan Fox’s Jennifer’s Body.
18. Indian horror film Phoonk 2 copied the poster from Korean psychological thriller ‘The Chaser’.
19. Ugly Aur Pagli’s poster is copied from TV series (2006-2010)
20. Karan Johar’s hit Kuch Kuch Hota Hai starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, and Rani Mukerji has copied its poster entirely from the Hollywood film XYZ.
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