Saturday, October 5, 2013

Get Your Own Plot!

The TV Series 24 is staring up in India. The first episode is set to air this week, staring Anil Kapoor as the Indian version of Jack Bauer. I never got into "24" when it aired in the states, but I am a big Anil Kapoor fan. You might recognize him as Prem, the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati, from Slumdog Millionaire (and he did appear in Season 8 of the US version of "24") but had to roll my eyes when I saw the advertisement for it.
Anil Kapoor at the US "24" Finale
Why? Just re-read the sentence above. Anil Kapoor is known in the US for his role as host of a TV game show ("Who Wants to Be A Millionaire"), ripped off from the US, and is now staring in a TV series, also ripped off from the US. Can't Indians come up with their own ideas for movies and television?
So much of the hit TV shows and movies here are plots taken from US shows. In the spirit of "24", here is my top 24 list of the most blatant Bollywood rip offs:
Bollywood: Partner
Hollywood: Hitch
Bollywood: Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Bollywood: Aisha
Hollywood: Clueless
Bollywood: God Tussi Great Ho
Hollywood: Bruce Almighty
Bollywood: Kaante
Hollywood: Reservoir Dogs
Bollywood: Players
Hollywood: The Italian Job
Bollywood: Khal-Naaikaa
Bollywood: Chor Machaaye Shor
Hollywood: Blue Streak
Bollywood: Black
Hollywood: The Miracle Worker
Bollywood: Nishabd
Hollywood: American Beauty
Bollywood: Hum Tum
Hollywood: Sliding Doors
Hollywood: My Best Friends Wedding (they couldn't even be creative with the title here)
Bollywood: Knock Out
Hollywood: Phone Booth
Bollywood: Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye (the Indian version is a bit tamer then the US version)
Hollywood: The Wedding Singer
Bollywood: F.A.L.T.U.
Hollywood: Accepted
Bollywood: Apartment: Rent at Your Own Risk (They should have considered a Hindi title because this English one sucks)
Hollywood: Single White Female
Bollywood: Pyaar Ka Saaya
Hollywood: Ghost
Bollywood: Sssshhh.
Hollywood: Scream
Bollywood: Mr Ya Miss
Hollywood: Switch
Bollywood: We Are Family
Hollywood: Stepmom
Hollywood: Home Alone
Bollywood: Teen Patti
Hollywood: 21
Bollywood: Ra-One
Hollywood: Tron Legacy (although many say it's more Robocop)
Have one to add? Comment below!

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