When Hollywood took inspiration from Indian cinema

These are movies where Hollywood has taken inspiration from Bollywood.



3 min


We usually hear about Bollywood taking inspiration from Hollywood. Strange it may sound, but Hollywood has also been regularly looking up to Bollywood for creative inspiration. And this is not a recent phenomenon. We can trace it back to as early as 1957 when V Shantaram made “Do Ankhen Barah Haath” (1957). Do Ankhen Barah Haath is said to have influenced Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen. Storyline of both the movies revolve around a dozen convicts who are transformed and trained into military men.

Hollywood’s ‘Bollywood’ moment

Have you watched Raj Kapoor’s Sangam (1964)? If not, we recommend you to watch it. You are certain to find similarities between Sangam and Ben Affleck starrer Pearl Harbour (2001). Pearl Harbour centred on the love triangle that gently nudged the historic turn of events that saw the USA enter World War II to the background.

And who can forget Imitiaz Ali’s Jab We Met (2007), which inspired Anand Tucker’s Leap Year (2010). Jab We Met is  story about a girl who in her eagerness to meet her boyfriend, meets a person who helps her complete the journey. The twist comes when the girl is drawn closer to this person.

Neeraj Pandey’s, A Wednesday that starred Anupam Kher went on to inspire Chandran Rutnam’s, A Common Man. A Common Man saw Oscar Award winners Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross in the lead roles. The movie blazed its way to awards at  the Madrid International Film Festival.

Here are few more that have inspired Hollywood

  • Charulata (1964) inspired the Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
  • Madhumati (1975) was the influence behind The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)
  • Darr (1993) and Fear (1996) appear eerily similar
  • Rangeela (1995) and Win A Date With Tad Hamilton (2004)
  • Abhay (2001) and Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
  • Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005) and Just Go With It (2011);
  • Vicky Donor (2012) and Delivery Man (2013);

Tollywood too has the Telugu flick Aahwanam (1997) to its credit. It is said that the Divorce Invitation (2002) that starred Jonathan Bennett, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Nadia Bjorlin was inspired by Aahwanam.

All these are great cinema. Whether you watch the Indian version or the Hollywood version, you are sure to get the bang of your buck!

Related Topics

Related News

More Loader