4 Hollywood inspired films of Aamir Khan

Movies of Amir Khan

“Mr. Perfectionist”, Aamir Khan is known for his work in Bollywood film industry. His fans wait for each one of his projects to come out and they know the movies are worth waiting for. Now here’s the punch. How would you react if you found out that like many others, Mr. Perfectionist too, takes inspiration for his films from Hollywood movies? A lot of Aamir khan movies from Bollywood platform are copies of popular Hollywood flicks. Take a look at the top four films of Aamir Khan which had their central ideas copied or inspired from Hollywood flicks.

4. Lagaan
Released in 2001 this film was highly appreciated by people from all walks of life. It was the story of a farmer who trains his fellow beings for a game of cricket to get rid of a huge amount of tax which was to be paid to British Raj. Interestingly this film was inspired from the movie ‘’Escape to Victory’’ starring Sylvester Stallone (1981).

3. Rang De Basanti

Released in 2006, this movie is based on the concept and need of patriotism. The central idea of the film revolves around being a patriot. The plot revolves around the incident of an air force plane crash that occurs due to defects in a fleet of planes. Interestingly this film is inspired from the film ‘’All My Sons’’ (1948).

2. Akele Hum Akele Tum
Released In 1995 this film was based on the story of a guy who gets separated from his wife and has to raise his child on his own. His struggle and focus on his career and a long list of failures while trying to establish himself as a singer dissolved his marriage. He tried to raise his kid on his own, but his wife who is by now financially established, gets the custody of their only child through court.  This film was inspired from the film Kramer Vs Kramer starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep (1979).

1. Ghajini
Released in 2008 this film is about a guy whose girlfriend gets murdered and in the course of the incident the guy loses his memory. Just to keep his short term memory loss in check, he takes notes in the form of body tattoos. This film is inspired from the film Momento starring Guy Pearce (2000).

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8 Comments

  1. Harris Azhar
    Posted December 4, 2010 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    A well written and a tribute to one of the greatest film maker of Bollywood.It portrays the qualitative work of Aamir Khan in all films.Hats off for yours well written Blog!

  2. nukt@ shah
    Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    good stuff …. interesting read

  3. Ayman
    Posted December 5, 2010 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    Harris,
    It doesnt seem like a tribute but more like a poke at Aamir Khan’s ‘innovative’ ideas.
    ..
    Enjoyed reading it. Other then Ghajini, I truly didnt know about other inspired works of Khan. Good information and good read.
    I do however believe Aamir Khan does a great job at improvising those ideas. He melts and merges the stories into his culture so well that its totally relatable. Can’t say the same for Salman Khan who takes word by word and scene by scene copy of the borrowed movies of Hollywood. One of the Hollywood movies he ‘shamelessly stole’ was Hitch. I wanted to throw up after first 10 minutes of his version of Hitch.

    • Neel
      Posted June 28, 2014 at 2:53 am | Permalink

      In Akele Hum Akele Tum, entire scenes and even dialogues were lifted from Kramer Vs. Kramer. Hardly any improvisation in it, but that blame can go to the director Mansoor Khan rather than Aamir.

  4. Shah
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Hum hein rahi pyar ke also seems to have borrowed from The sound of music.

    • Neel
      Posted June 28, 2014 at 2:51 am | Permalink

      Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke was “inspired” (read: rip-off) of Lifeboat (1944).

  5. einstien
    Posted April 9, 2016 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    hum hai rahi pya ke – Houseboat ( Cary grant, sophia loren )
    Joh Jeeta wohi sikandar – Breaking away
    Gajni – Memento
    Peepli – Meet John Doe
    Akele hum, Akele tun – Kramer vs Kramer

    ( I would say, all these heavily inspired )

  6. einstien
    Posted April 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Adding to the list
    Ghulam – On the waterfront ( Marlon Brando )
    Dil hai ki manta nahi – It happened one night

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