Imitation is the best form of flattery but often this sort of flattery often takes a turn for the worst and that’s when disasters such as Bang Bang are born. Indian film directors have always been smitten with the idea of remaking classics, and famous Hollywood movies and these fascinations have spewed a lot of hits and a lot of flops.
As Tiger Shroff prepares to delight (or disappoint) us with the Rambo remake, let's take a look at a few of the previous hits and misses.
#1. Sarkar/The Godfather
Not many would dare to remake Copolla’s epic that has a cult following, neither in the West nor globally, but Ram Gopal Verma did the unthinkable and the result was an amazing movie that had us all hooked. Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan essaying the role of a powerful father-son duo who form a parallel government that wields immense power over the citizens made for a phenomenal watch.
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#2. Black/The Miracle Worker
Black was undoubtedly one of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s best works. Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji gave a performance of a lifetime in the movie that is about a beautiful student-teacher relationship. Not many know that this wonderful piece of work was inspired by a 1962 biographical film The Miracle Worker.
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#3. Kaante/Reservoir Dogs
No one does it like Quentin Tarantino and remaking his movies requires a vision that not many have. Sanjay Gupta has a certain obsession with this volatile director and he managed to turn it into a fabulous movie, Kaante that is a good adaption of Reservoir dogs.
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#4. Bheja Fry/The Dinner Game
No one does subtle and straight-faced humor better than the bespectacled Vinay Pathak and that’s what made Bheja Fry such an enjoyable watch. Little do people know that this movie was inspired a 1998 French film The Dinner Game, also known as Le Diner De Cons, by Francis Veber.
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This nail-biting thriller by Raj Kumar Gupta made for a wonderful watch and was loved by the audience as well as the critics. Though, not many are aware of a little detail that this movie was inspired by an equally good Filipino movie Cavite, which was directed by Neill Dela Llana and Ian Gamazon.
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Unfortunately, the yearning to remake Hollywood cinema at times spawns disasters and here are a few of them:
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#2. Ek Ajnabee/Man On Fire
Amitabh Bachchan may be a part of many good remakes but Ek Ajnabee is certainly not one of them. A mediocre adaptation of the action packed Denzel Washington movie, which was directed Apoorva Lakhia, was a dud on-screen.
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#3. My Sassy Girl/Ugly Aur Pagli
The Korean drama was remade by Hollywood and then, unfortunately, caught the eyes director Sachin Khot. This Ranvir Shorey and Mallika Sherawat starrer was more on the uglier side than the pagli (crazier) side.
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#4. Dil Bole Hadippa/She’s The Man
She’s The Man was a cute comedy movie that had Amanda Bynes in the lead role. Director Anurag Singh successfully managed to take out the cute and comic part of the movie and gave us Dil Bole Hadippa. The gender reversal suited Amanda far better than Rani.
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#5. I Know What You Did Last Summer/Kucch To Hai
Anurag Basu is a good director and has given us some really fabulous movies, Kucch To Hai was not one of them. A terrible remake of one of the most famous Hollywood blockbuster I Know What You Did Last Summer, the movie certainly did not do any good to Tusshar Kapoor’s descending career graph.
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