Did You Know These Bollywood Films Were A Remake Of Korean Films?
Bollywood films are given a lot of flake for copying from the Hollywood and South Indian film industry, but it is unknown to many that Bollywood films have gone a step ahead and took inspiration from Korean movies as well.
Here’s a list of Bollywood films that have been inspired by South Korean films-
The much-awaited film starring Kartik Aaryan in the lead role, Dhamaka, is an official remake of the 2014 South Korean film, The Terror Live. In the original movie, a news anchor monopolizes the live broadcast of a terrorist attack following an explosion of the Mapo Bridge on the Han river. In the Bollywood remake, Kartik is set to play the role of a journalist, and the film will release on Netflix.
Salman Khan’s Bharat, which released in 2019, is based on the South Korean film Ode To My Father. The original film showcases Korea’s history from the 1950s to the present day through the life of an ordinary man. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat didn’t leave much of an impact on the Indian audience. However, the Korean film is currently the fourth-highest film in the history of the Korean film industry.
Directed by Sanjay Gupta and starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, Jazbaa is the remake of the 2007 South Korean film Seven Days. The film’s plot revolves around a female lawyer who is forced to defend a criminal after her daughter is kidnapped. Unfortunately, Jazbaa failed at the box office, but Aishwarya garnered a lot of praise for her impeccable acting in the film.
Ek Villain featuring Ritesh Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor and Siddharth Malhotra in the lead roles and directed by Mohit Suri, is a remake of the South Korean film I Saw The Devil. The filmmaker has always denied that Ek Villain is copied from the Korean movie; however, there are a lot of similarities in both the films in terms of storyline and scenes. Therefore, it is safe to say that Ek Villain is a more sanitized version of I Saw The Devil.
Starring Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandes and Prashant Narayanan in the lead roles, Murder 2 is inspired by the South Korean film, The Chaser. The story of Murder 2 revolves around an ex-police officer who sets out to find some missing sex workers. Interestingly, the first part of the Murder franchise was also a direct lift of the Hollywood film Unfaithful.
Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta and featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddique and Vidya Balan in the lead roles, Teen is a remake of the South Korean film Montage. Teen revolves around a 70-year old man who seeks help from a priest and a police officer to find people who kidnapped and killed his granddaughter. Despite a great plot and stellar cast, Teen miserably failed at the box office.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Director Sooraj Barjatya is known for acing the genre of family drama, but not many are aware that his last directorial venture, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo featuring Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar, is inspired by a very famous South Korean film Masquerade. Reportedly, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’s story also resembles with the story of Anthony Hope’s novel titled The Prisoner Of Zenda, which was released in 1894.