Before 'Laal Singh Chaddha', watch these 8 great Hindi remakes of Hollywood movies

Written By: Kshitij Mohan Rawat | Updated: Aug 03, 2022, 04:15 PM IST

Aamir Khan's much-awaited next film 'Laal Singh Chaddha' is a Hindi remake of 1994 American classic 'Forrest Gump', which starred Tom Hanks in the titular lead role. 'Forrest Gump' itself was based on a Winston Groom novel of the same name. Aamir has a reputation of being thoughtful about his choices of movies, and his films usually do great business (it is another matter that his last 'Thugs of Hindostan' was a huge flop). This is why many are nonplussed at 'Laal Singh Chaddha', which also stars Kareena Kapoor, Naga Chaitanya, and Mona Singh, and wonder why Aamir would choose to remake a movie that is so popular and that many Indian moviegoers have already seen. 

But then Bollywood has a 'glorious' tradition of remaking Hollywood and other overseas movies, and more often than not, the credit is not given. Here are some of the other popular movies that you likely did not know were remakes. Keep in mind that even remakes, even the uncredited ones, have the potential to be great. And these indeed are quite good.
 

Kaante and Reservoir Dogs

Sanjay Gupta's 2002 multi-starrer action-thriller 'Kaante' was 'inspired' by Quentin Tarantino's feature film debut 'Reservoir Dogs', which had released 10 years earlier. The story of 'Kaante', starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Kumar Gaurav, Sunil Shetty, Lucky Ali, Mahesh Manjrekar, Namrata Singh Gujral, Rati Agnihotri, Rohit Roy, Isha Koppikar and Malaika Arora, had a group of  wrongly convicted men exacting vengeance on the police through a bank robbery. The original film also had as stellar cast, with names like Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Tarantino, and Edward Bunker. However, Tarantino himself has praised the film, saying it is one of the his favourite projects inspired by his work.
 

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Chachi 420 and Mrs. Doubtfire

1997's 'Chachi 420' was a Hindi remake of 1996's Tamil film 'Avvai Shanmugi'. However, the latter was inspired by 'Mrs. Doubtfire', starring the great comedian-actor Robin Williams. In 'Chachi 420', Kamal Haasan's character impersonates a woman to get close to his only child from his separated wife. Situation becomes awkward (and comedic) when the father-in-law, played by late Amrish Puri, falls in love with his son-in-law.
 

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Gumnaam and And Then There Were None

The classic 1965 Bollywood mystery film, starring acclaimed actors like Manoj Kumar, Nanda, Pran, Helen and Mehmood, was actually 'inspired' heavily by 1945's 'And Then There Were None', an adaptation of the iconic 1939 Agatha Christie novel of the same name, perhaps one of her best works. There were the usual variations like the presences of songs and melodrama, of course.
 

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Sarkar and The Godfather

With 2005's 'Sarkar', Ram Gopal Varma made a film that shared numerous similarities with one of the greatest Hollywood films of all time, 1972's 'The Godfather'. The film, to its credit, was pretty watchable even if you had seen the original and its solid cast -- Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, along with Kay Kay Menon, Katrina Kaif, Tanisha Mukherjee, Supriya Pathak, Kota Srinivasa Rao, and Anupam Kher -- did wonders. 
 

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Raj N. Sippy's 1982 film 'Satte Pe Satta' was a remake of the iconic 1954 musical film called 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' directed by Stanley Donen. Unlike most others in the list, 'Satte Pe Satta' was closely followed the plot laid out by the original. Just like 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', there is a woman in the film (Indu, played by Hema Malini), who gets an unpleasant surprise when she realises she will have to take care of not just her new husband in his home, but his six rowdy brothers. Obvious sexism aside, the film is pretty entertaining to watch even today.
 

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black, miracle worker

1962's 'The Miracle Worker' was a biopic of (real) American teacher Anne Sullivan, who tutored Helen Keller, a blind and deaf child. Due to her impairments, Helen was an unruly child and prone to tantrums. Sullivan surprised everyone by helping Keller communicate ideas through persistence and love. In Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Black', Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Debraj Sahai who gets under his care Michelle McNally (Rani Mukerji as adult and Ayesha Kapur as child), Keller's stand-in. The film was surprisingly good, and was served nicely by the performances of Big B, Rani and Ayesha.
 

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Life in a metro and The Apartment

'Life In A...Metro' - 'The Apartment'

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'Shaurya, Few Good Men

If you have not seen Rob Reiner's 'A Few Good Men', you will enjoy 'Shaurya'. It has great acting given by accomplished performers and a good script. But if you have seen 'A Few Good Men', written by the great Aaron Sorkin, probably skip 'Shaurya'. It then becomes a pale imitation. I had not seen the original film when I saw 'Shaurya' so I did enjoy it, but once you have experiences Sorkin's writing, it is hard to go back.

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