Bollywood is frequently accused of “overtly imitating” Hollywood. We’ve seen Bollywood directors take a Hollywood film and either give it a desi touch or recreate it, shown in Salaam-e-Ishq, Dil Bole Hadippa, Dostana, Partner, and Parineeti Chopra’s film The Girl on the Train.

Where and how do Hollywood filmmakers obtain their ideas for their films, though? You were thinking about Bollywood, right? It turns out that this isn’t always true. There have been instances where Hollywood films have taken inspiration from their Bollywood equivalents. We’ve put together a list of some of those films for you.

A Common Man

A Wednesday, directed by Neeraj Pandey and featuring Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah, is among the best thrillers ever created. The film’s mind-numbing finale made it a sleeper smash that proceeded on to collect a slew of awards and honours. As a result, it’s only natural for other filmmakers to be interested in this classic picture and give it their perspective. Ben Kingsley slipped into the shoes of Naseeruddin Shah to play “The Man,” who lays explosives across Colombo and intends to detonate them unless four convicts are released. In 2013, A Common Man was premiered, which is said to be a recreation of the movie.


Partner, a 2007 film directed by David Dhawan, has been accused of ripping off Will Smith’s 2005 rom-com Hitch. It turns out, though, that Will Smith’s film was not an original idea either. Many people say it is quite similar to the 1976 Bollywood film Choti Si Baat, which starred Amol Palekar, Vidya Sinha, and Ashok Kumar. This video is about a quiet guy who is in love with a woman but has no idea how to show his feelings other than by staring at her from afar. He gets assistance from a man who has made it his life’s purpose to help individuals who are trapped in love, and the two of them work together to turn him from a quiet guy to someone with flair and swagger.

Delivery Man

Vicky Donor, a 2012 film starring Ayushmann Khurrana, tackled a subject that no one tries to speak about openly: infertility and sperm donors. That romantic drama not only goes on to become one of the most popular films of all time, but it also appears to have influenced the 2013 Hollywood film Delivery Man, featuring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, and Cobie Smulders. Both films, on the other hand, are reported to be inspired by the 2011 picture Starbuck.

Just Go With It

In the 2011 picture, Adam Sandler portrays a prominent plastic surgeon who mingles with women by faking his sad marriage. When he falls in love with a woman, he convinces her he’s getting divorced and encourages his aide Jennifer Aniston to play the role of his soon-to-be ex-wife to hide his deception. He enlists Jennifer’s children to join in the fun and act to be his children, and the 4 of them begin weaving a web of lies until they discover their true affections for each other. Does this ring a bell? That’s because, in David Dhawan’s Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya 2005, Salman Khan and Sushmita Sen did this same thing.

Kill Bill

Despite the plot differences, Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed thriller contained action sequences that he said Anurag Kashyap was influenced by Kamal Hassan’s Abhay.

Abhay was a Hindi remake of Aalavandhan (a Tamil film released in 2001), which also featured Kamal Hassan.