Feeling Inspired - The Good and Not-so-Good

Feeling inspired - the good and not-so-good

Rajan Singh26 May 2011

Satte Pe Satta - The black-and-white musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers inspired Satte Pe Satta. And what an adaptation the film turned out to be which amply reflected in the histrionic of the characters, the lilting score and a brilliant screenplay. Amitabh Bachchan proved once again with his meticulous comic timing, which as always overshadowed his action image. The able support from rest of the starcast, which included Sachin, Sudhir, Kanwaljeet and Shakti Kapoor, added to the beauty of the film. Though the original was nominated for Oscars in five categories (out of which it even managed to win two) but Howard Keel was no match to Big B's acting skill.

Bollywood is often inspired by the Hollywood Classics, to the point of blatant stealing or frame to frame copies. Rajan Singh picks his list of some real adoptations, and some of the Worst Bollywood plagiarism.

 

GOOD ADAPTATIONS

Satte Pe Satta

Satte Pe Satta - The black and white musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers inspired Satte Pe Satta. And what an adaptation the film turned out to be which amply reflected in the histrionic of the characters, the lilting score and a brilliant screenplay. Amitabh Bachchan proved once again with his meticulous comic timing, which as always overshadowed his action image. The able support from rest of the starcast, which included Sachin, Sudhir, Kanwaljeet and Shakti Kapoor, added to the beauty of the film. Though the original was nominated for Oscars in five categories (out of which it even managed to win two) but Howard Keel was no match to Big Bs acting skill. The music composed by late R. D. Burman proved to be evergreen in its truest sense with hummable scores and scores like Dilbar Mere… and Pyar Hume Kis Mode Pe Le Aaya… still have this potent ability to capture anyones attention. It was the only film which Raj N. Sippys film resume which he could boast of.

 

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander - Not many know that JJWS was adapted from Dennis Quaid starrer Breaking Away. Breaking Away too was nominated for Oscars® in five categories and it managed to won the coveted trophy for best writing. JJWS also brought to forefront the versatility of Aamir Khan as an actor and Mansoor Khan as a director. Aamir amply proved that he could suit any role to the T, even those of a college-goer. The Indian adaptation was so good that it ultimately proved to be a benchmark among film catering to the youth. The adolescence, first love, first heartbreak was so well captured by the now reticent director. It marked a new beginning in Indian cinema and broke few stereotype notions that existed for long in Bollywood. The setting and the climax, which marked the cycle race among participants of two rival colleges, echoed desi sentiments.

 

 

Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin

Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin - Raghu Jaitley with his trademark cap stole the heart of nations. Yes, that was Aamir Khan once again proving his mettle. The film also was in series with the hit machine that Mahesh Bhatt has turned into in that era. With Sadak, Aashiqui, Kabzaa and now with DHKMN he once again proved that why was the darling of masses. The story talked about Pooja Bhatt who runs away from her father who had engaged her to some acquaintance. The journey marks her meeting with this small time reporter Aamir Khan who is always in chase of scoop, which culminates in their love. This film was inspired from Frank Capras It Happened One Night whose greatness reflects in the fact that it managed 5 Oscars® in its kitty. Some still say that Aamir Khan was better than Clark Gable.

 

 

manorama Six feet Under

Manorama Six Feet Under - This was one of those films whose brilliance remained unexposed in the event of bad publicity and bad release timing, nonetheless who ever saw the film had only praises for it. The film was a straight lift from Roman Polanskis Chinatown but what makes it stand apart is the perfect milieu it opted for. Though a straight comparison between Abhay Deol and Jack Nicholson might vent filmgoers ire but Abhay Deol with creases on his forehead coupled with a constant nagging wife beautifully kept the tempo up. The able support cast in the form of Vinay Pathak and Raima Sen did full justice to the script. But the only thing, which went against the film, was that, it was seen by only a few.

 

 

Parichay

Parichay - It was for the first time that the maverick director attempted copy of a Hollywood flick and the results were just astonishing. Parichay gave the career of Jeetendra an altogether new dimension. It helped Jeetendra, among the film fraternity, for the makeover of a different image. The film was inspired from Sound of Music and though the film boasted of a seminal cast in the form of Sanjeev Kumar, Vinod Khanna and Pran, the script was so powerful that all of them were relegated to the characters. The film moved many to tears and the performance of Jeetendra in the role of a music teacher was par excellence.

 

 

WORST ADAPTATIONS

 

Ek Ajnabee

Ek Ajnabee - The original inspiration for this film was Man On Fire and what Apoorva Lakhia did to this film was nothing short of a crime. With no planning and no script, Apoorva copied the film frame by frame. The result was a totally shoddy film. It may be recalled that the film was released soon after Amitabh was admitted to Leelavati Hospital soon after he had taken ill health in Lucknow but the sympathy factor too was missing for this film. Why Big B opted for this film still remains an enigma. The kid in the film was a constant irritation and Arjun Rampal with his all those bulging muscles failed to excite anything among youths but disgust and anger. In all Denzel Washington must have surely cried on seeing this rip off.

 

 

Chocolate

Chocolate - What a film the original was and what a whimper the rip off turned out to be. Vivek Agnihotri with his ensemble star cast tried to recreate the magic of The Usual Suspects but failed miserable in his effort. Kevin Spacey and Benicio Del Toro in the original format just were beyond reach by those in Chocolate. The perfect thriller and crime drama was a tame one with insipid acting prowess. Thanks to the acting prowess of Anil Kapoor and Irfan Khan it just about managed to save itself at the box office. But all in all this was a perfect example of how not to copy a Hollywood masala.

 

 

Bichhoo

Bichhoo - Leon The Professional was the original inspiration. The chemistry between Jean Reno and Natalie Portman was too cracking to be infused between Rani Mukherji and Bobby Deol. The moving story between a killer and a woman whose parents were slained was just too hot to handle by Bichhoo director Guddu Dhanoa. The constant cribbing and shrieks of Rani Mukherji was too jarring for ears and Bobby Deol. Wish this film had never been made in first place.

 

 

Kyon Ki

Kyon Ki - The premise of Kyon Ki was heavily borrowed from One Flew Over The Cuckoos nest. This time Salman Khan was pitted against the mighty Jack Nicholson and no prizes for guessing what the outcome was. Salman Khan was booed every time he displayed his insanity skills. The much talked about chemistry between Kareena and Salman Khan was just not there on screen. The support cast faltered in every scene and just could not lift the film. Had there been a Raspberry awards meant for Bollywood, Salman Khan would have surely picked the award for the worst actor.

 

 

Kaante

Kaante - The only two factors because of which people still remember is the fact that it was in sepia tone and the other being that why Sanjay Gupta thought of making this film. Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino was the original inspiration behind this film. Sanjay Gupta made a hash of the film by opting by Kumar Gauravs insipid acting prowess, Mahesh Manjerekars hamming and Lucky Alis torturous death scene. Thank God for small mercies - it came in the form of Amitabh Bachchan. Sepia tone robbed the whole joy and the US setting failed to leave any impression among cine goers. The effort was a disaster but last heard Sanjay Gupta is yet to learn any lesson post Old Boy, U- Turn, which formed the basis of his Zinda and Musafir.

 

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