Bollywood is one of the largest film industry in the world. But one thing fans might not know is that some of the very famous Bollywood movies are copied from Korea.So for your cross-cultural viewing, here are 7 Korean films that were remade in India.
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1) “The Man From Nowhere” became “Rocky Handsome”
Rocky Handsome is an official remake of the action classic “The Man From Nowhere“. It stars a man with a mysterious past who works as a pawn shop attendant and forms a relationship with a girl whose mother is a neglectful drug addict. When the mother is killed and the daughter kidnapped, the man tries to save her. We learn the man cares so much because his own wife and child were killed, and that he used to be an agent.
2) “I Saw the Devil” became “Ek Villain”
The same story is repeated in both movies.As you could have watched a woman is killed by a psychopathic maniac while she is talking to her fiancé/husband over the phone. The fiancé/husband then finds out just how far over the edge he will go to find, creatively torture, and kill that maniac.
3) “Oldboy” became “Zinda”
An example of taking a little too much inspiration without permission, a man is captured, seemingly without reason, and kept locked in a prison for over a decade. When he comes out, he meets a woman who helps him find the evil mastermind who did this to him. How surprised is he when he learns that this was punishment for an evil he committed long ago. Zinda is not philosophically inclined as the Korean original, which in turn is a lot more philosophically inclined than the Japanese manga, so it’s tough to say which is truer to tone of the original. And, interestingly, the director received quite some flack for this copy.
4) “Seven Days” became “Jazbaa”
You may remember the stunning Indian lead from Bride and Prejudice or that horrible Pink Panther movie. That lead is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, at one time rated the most beautiful woman in the world. You may also remember that she is a confident performer who looks rather serene on screen. What you may not remember is that her latest film is a little bit (read: a lot) like Seven Days, where the lead, played awesomely by Harmony’s Yunjin Kim, is an uber-talented lawyer who has seven days to find the people holding her daughter captive, who want her to save an awful criminal from getting the chair in return for her safety. Even the dresses are very similar.
5) “My Sassy Girl” became “Ugly Aur Pagli”
Engineering student meets a drunk girl who makes him do crazy things for love. Yes, they’re both even studying engineering. Bonus question with a surprising twist though: guess which of the two actresses have worked with Jackie Chan?
6) “The Chaser” became “Murder 2”
A corrupt former cop (originally the awesome Kim Yoon Seok) highlights as a pimp. His business has suddenly come under fire because his prostitutes are mysteriously disappearing, courtesy of yet another psychopathic killer. The new filmmakers made an important edit and added a female that the lead actually liked–but both these guys, regardless of country, are pretty awful human beings.
7) “A Bittersweet Life” became “Awarapan”
A mobster tasked with shadowing the mistress of his boss ultimately decides to save her. It doesn’t make a lot of sense until you see the turmoil within the character, portrayed flawlessly by Lee Byung Hun. The Indian remake makes a change and explores more of the character’s background, but it’s not as impactful a performance. On the plus side, though, the Indian version has a possibly cooler villain.