Bollywood remakes of Hollywood films are not new to the industry. Along with adapting many South Indian storylines, the Hindi film industry has also taken up Hollywood projects to be remade in a desi angle. However, many times these Bollywood remakes of Hollywood films have disappointed the audience largely. Here are some Bollywood remakes that just did not go well with the viewers.
Filmmakers derive inspiration from various mediums including books, comics, real-life stories and even other films. From the South Indian blockbusters to Bengali classics, the Hindi-film industry has remade many films to cater to the ever-growing audience. While there are times when Bollywood remakes were highly applauded for preserving the essence of the original films, sometimes these remakes did not do well with the audience as well as on the box office.
Here is a list of worst Bollywood remakes of Hollywood films that you might want to stay clear of:
We Are Family
Directed by Siddarth Malhotra and starring Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kajol in the lead roles, We Are Family is the official Bollywood remake of 1998 film Stepmom starring Julia Roberts. The film revolves around Maya and Shreya who have absolutely different perspective on being a mother. While the film was highly appreciated by the critics, it was entirely duplicated in its remake reeking of creative laziness by the makers. The film is copied by the makers scene-to-scene and what really keeps it going is the performance by Kajol and Kapoor.
2012 film Players is the official remake of 2003 The Italian Job. The Abbas-Mustan film highly disappointed the fans with predictable and unreasonable sequences out of which only a few action scenes seemed to have worked well. Even the ensemble cast of Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Neil Nitin Mukesh among others could not save it over the box office. Reportedly, the makers had to pay a hefty amount to the Hollywood actors for the promotion as well as to obtain rights for a remake, all of which seemed to have gone in vain.
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai
Romantic-comedy film Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai is inspired by 1997 American rom-com My Best Friend’s Wedding starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, and Rupert Everett. While the Indian makers were successful on keeping the storyline intact, they took it over-the-board with too much melodrama, typical to the Hindi-film genre. The over-the-top drama in the film made it a rather degraded version of the American rom-com. What did work was probably the hit song Sharara Sharara in the film. Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi cast included actors Uday Chopra, Tulip Joshi, Jimmy Shergill, Bipasha Basu among others.
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Karan Johar’s 2008 film Dostana is said to be inspired from 2007 film I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry which features two single straight men who pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits. While the film attempted to throw light on the issues of LGBTQ community, it also reinforced many stereotypes against them. Actors Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Bobby Deol played major roles in the film along with Kirron Kher, Sushmita Mukherjee, Boman Irani and others. A sequel to the film, Dostana 2 is in the making starring Jahnvi Kapoor.
Tees Maar Khan
Tees Maar Khan is the official remake of Vittorio De Sica’s 1966 Italian film After the Fox. Both films follow the plot where a thief sets up a stage in a village in order to carry out a high-profile heist. The Bollywood remake is directed by Farah Khan and stars Akshay Kumar, Akshaye Khanna and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles. The film is primarily known for its item song Sheila Ki Jawaani performed by Katrina Kaif. As for the movie itself, it’s better off without being reminded of the story entirely!