7 Bollywood remakes that lived up to the original

Bollywood has always taken inspiration from the west to make movies and most of the time the filmmakers have not managed to catch the essence of the original. But sometimes, better sense has prevailed and Bollywood filmmakers have successfully adapted the story with an Indian context.

7 Bollywood remakes that lived up to the original 7 Bollywood remakes that lived up to the original Source : Press

Bollywood has always taken inspiration from the west to make movies and most of the time the filmmakers have not managed to catch the essence of the original. They've generally resorted to choosing hit movies and remaking them scene to scene which does not work most of the time.

But sometimes, better sense has prevailed and Bollywood filmmakers have successfully adapted the story with an Indian context. So here are 7 movies brilliantly remade by Bollywood in spite of having major inspiration from films outside India.

Zinda-Oldboy - Getting inspired by Park Chan-Wook's 2003 South Korean thriller, Sanjay Gupta ignored the gore and nudity of the original. But the filmmaker effectively captured the feeling of dread and doom, which worked well for Sanjay Dutt as he gave his career-best performance.

Zinda

Kaante-Reservoir Dogs - Sanjay Gupta once again adapted Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs around a bunch of Indians settled in America, who plan to rob a bank. The Bollywood climax which sees the lead characters get into a Mexican standoff is one of the rare times when the remake one-upped the original.

Kaante

Chachi 420-Mrs. Doubtfire - Kamal Hassan brought together the talented cast of Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal and Nasser for the Bollywood adaptation of Robin Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire. This was a movie where he successfully Indianised the plot of a divorced father dressing up as a nanny to see his daughter.

Chachi 420

Sangharsh-The Silence of the Lambs - Jonathan Demme's classic crime-thriller was adapted by Tanuja Chandra in the watered down but effective remake starring Preity Zinta, Ashutosh Rana, and Akshay Kumar. Though Zinta nor Kumar are able to match up to the brilliance of Foster or Hopkins, Ashutosh Rana overpowering performance more than makes up for his counterpart of the original, Buffalo Bill.

Sangarsh

Hum Tum-When Harry Met Sally - The original became the bible for boy-meets-girl romantic comedies. In Bollywood, Kunal Kohli tried to recreate the magic with actors Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji. Both the stars managed to give charming performances and the remake somewhat recreated the magic of its original.

Hum Tum

Black-The Miracle Worker - Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Black' was a remake of 1962 biographical film which followed the life of American author Helen Keller and her tutor Anne Sullivan. In the Bollywood remake, Amitabh Bachchan played the role of the tutor where he educates Rani Mukerji even though he suffers bouts of Alzheimer's. Bhansali did a pretty good job, even if he indulged himself a little too much.

Black

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander-Breaking Away - Mansoor Khan's coming-of-age drama featured a young Aamir Khan and the beautifully shot cycle race which is inspired from 1979's Breaking Away. The movie featured amazing music with blockbuster Pehla Nasha. With a brilliant ensemble including Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Mamik, and Deepak Tijori, the movie matched up to the original.

Jo Jeet Wohi Sikandar

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