Worst attempt at skimming Hollywood flicks in a half-baked bizarre Bollywood Movie
While we have seen some very successful and equally good copies of Hollywood movies, there are also a lot of failed attempts at making a good movie out of an original Hollywood concept. Though it was a bit hard to compile a list of the worst Hollywood copies (there was a lot of competition), we present you with a list 10 Hollywood copies that failed to impress us-
1. Milenge Milenge (2010) – Serendipity (2001)
Milenge Milenge is a prime example of ‘how to ruin’ a perfectly good, original Hollywood concept into a typical, predictable Bollywood romance. This movie was obviously a mistake for both Bebo and Shasha, long before Shahid’s beefed up body and Kareena’s zero size figure. While Serendipity was an amalgam of romantic impulses and leaving it all up to destiny, Milenge Milenge is a hotchpotch of forced situations and tedious stock of characters just to drive the point.
2. Dil Bole Hadippa (2009)- She’s the Man (2006)
Dil Bole Hadippa stole the concept of She’s the Man, where a girl who is very good football player pretends to be her twin brother in order to secure a place in his school’s football team. In Dil, the sport was changed to Cricket but director Anurag Singh failed to copy the essence of She’s the Man. She’s The Man is a harmless romantic teen comedy with some very cute moments, mostly thanks to the plucky efforts of Amanda Bynes. Dil might seem formulaic at times, Ms. Mukherjee’s enthusiasm is catchy.
3. Players (2012)- The Italian Job (2003)
The real problem with this official remake of The Italian Job is that instead of reproducing a perfectly nuanced screenplay as it is, it tries to act too smart, with excessive elements and needless tampering, in the process making a complete fool of itself. Abbas-Mustan stick to their set formula and staid sensibilities to helm Players — a badly-botched up mess. Players in no way compares to the classic The Italian Job.
4. I See You (2006)- Just like heaven (2005)
In both Just Like Heaven and I See You, a man falls in love with a woman only he can see. She’s not a ghost, because she’s not dead, but a spirit. But Just Like Heaven worked because of the great script, dialogues and two of the sweetest actors of Hollywood- Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon. I See You fails to deliver these aspects. The whole sequence flow and character development is amateurish. It falls short of creating that strange world for the viewers that a ghost story implies to offer.
5. The Killer (2006)- Collateral (2004)
There’s no harm in adapting an English film in Hindi. After all, every director has his/her way of interpreting a story. The Killer borrows the essence from acclaimed director Michael Mann’s Collateral. The story of a cabbie and a hit man and the series of murders that take place in one night haven’t been witnessed on Hindi screen before. That sure makes for an interesting plot! But The Killer caters to Indian tastes, the writing fumbles at places.
6. Do Knot Disturb (2009)- The Valet (2006)
Do Knot Disturb is the remake of 2006 French movie The Valet. The Valet was a hilariously charming movie but Do Knot Disturb is vulgar, loud and entirely pointless, the film has virtually nothing to offer. At best, Rajpal Yadav scores a few chuckles with his manic physical comedy. The duo of David Dhawan & Govinda have produced a lot of great comedies in the past. Unfortunately, Do Knot Disturb falls way short of expectations and you start wondering if the director has lost his magic touch.
7. Sssshhh… (2003)- Scream (1996)
Like Scream, this film also has a multitude of characters – all friends of Mahek (Tanisha), who is still not able to come to terms with the murder of her older sister Malini (Maheep). The killer is that same masked guy we were first introduced to in Scream. Six months later, Mahek receives a call where she is told that she is next. Why? Because she was also wearing white like her sister was when she was killed. In all fairness, Sssshhh… is just one of those films that you would watch if you had about three hours to kill.
8. Click (2010)- Shutter (2004)
Click is the story of a young photographer and his girlfriend. He takes beautiful pictures and yet when they’re printed they hide a secret. A secret that is so dark and menacing that he hides it from his girlfriend. The entire plot is copied from the English movie Shutter. For any film to stand on its feet, it should’ve a tight screenplay and should be equally captivating towards the finale. And that is what this movie lacks.
9. Aabra Ka Daabra (2004)- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Aabra Ka Daabra is a bizarre mash-up of Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Casper. Wizards are real, but the only way to get into wizarding school is by finding a golden ticket inside a biscuit. Once you get into this magical school, life isn’t easy. You’re picked on constantly and if you happen to lose at magic carpet flag ball, you might get expelled. Aabra Ka Daabra fails at every level to impress us, be it the special effects or the appalling story-line.
10. Mazaa Mazaa (2005)- 13 Going on 30 (2004)
13 Going on 30 is a beautiful story of forgiveness, second chances, accepting others for who they are and making the best out of wherever we are in life. Mazaa Mazaa, as the name suggests, is more of a titillation than a fairy tale. Writer-director T.L.V. Prasad has chosen a fairytale-like story and transformed it into a film that has ample room for skin show only.
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