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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Watch: 6 Hollywood films that got remade by Bollywood

The Fault in Our Stars is getting a Bollywood makeover - we round up our list of other Hindi films adaptations worth watching 

Ansel Elgort, right, and Shailene Woodley in a scene from 'The Fault In Our Stars.' AP Photo / 20th Century Fox, James Bridges
Ansel Elgort, right, and Shailene Woodley in a scene from 'The Fault In Our Stars.' AP Photo / 20th Century Fox, James Bridges

Is imitation really the best form of flattery? In show business, it appears so. The bestselling young-adult novel The Fault in Our Stars was turned into a film in 2014. Now it's gaining attention once again as Sanjana Sanghi and Sushant Singh Rajput have been announced to play the leads in a Bollywood remake.

This isn't the first time that Hindi cinema has borrowed the plot from a Hollywood film. Sometimes, they even knock it out of the ballpark with their own adaptation. We take a look at other films that have been given a Bollywood makeover and are almost as good as the originals (if slightly longer and more musical).

Kaante (2002)

The Bollywood action-thriller is heavily inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s cult hit Reservoir Dogs. The film even takes place in the same city of Los Angeles and had an impressive ensemble cast which included stars Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt. The movie follows a very similar premise about what happens when a group of criminals start to turn against one another when they try to pull off a heist.

Deewangee (2002)

Another popular remake is from 1996’s Primal Fear and stars Ajay Devgn, Akshaye Khanna and Urmila Matondkar in the lead roles. The film follows the premise of a young and successful criminal lawyer who is asked to represent an acquaintance who is accused of murder. Devgn won a number of awards for his portrayal as the “best villain” in the movie.

Chachi 420 (1997)

The movie title translates to ‘The trickster aunt’ and features Kamal Haasan in the lead role. He also co-wrote, co-produced and directed the film which was a remake of the Tamil film Avvai Shanmugi which was inspired from the Hollywood hit Mrs Doubtfire. Much like the other versions, this film follows the depth a soon-to-be-divorced father goes through to spend extra time with his children.

We Are Family (2010)

The Bollywood drama is an official remake of 1998’s Stepmom and stars Arjun Rampal, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor. The film tells the tale of a divorced mother coming to terms with his ex-husband’s girlfriend and the role it plays in the family dynamic. For her role, Kapoor won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 56th Filmfare Awards.

Heyy Babyy (2007)

This Hindi romantic comedy is a remake of 1987’s cult favourite Three Men and a Baby. Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan, Juanna Sanghvi play the three male leads. The sudden arrival of a baby at their doorstep disrupts the lives of the three carefree bachelors. The film opened to positive reviews from critics.

Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)

Turned into a musical, the film is heavily inspired by 1979 Hollywood acclaimed hit Kramer vs Kramer (which won five Academy Awards — for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress). The movie stars Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala as separated parents who fight over custody of their only child.

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