5 Times When Bollywood Remade Its Own Movies

Shah Shahid

Cinephile. Bollywood Connoisseur. Attempted Writer & Editor at http://blankpagebeatdown.com. Host of Split Screen Podcast (@splitscreen_pod). Member of the Twitterati @theshahshahid. Diagnosed w ADH-- look a dust bunny!

6 Responses

  1. Keyur Seta says:

    Hi Shahid!

    Good one. By the way, I would like to list two films which were remade by the same filmmaker and in a span of just 1-2 years.

    1. Ram Gopal Varma produced James in 2005 with Mohit Ahlawat and Nisha Kothari. When the film flopped, he remade the same film as Shiva in 2006 with the same actors. This time he directed it. This one too flopped. RGV took a vow that he would keep on remaking this film until it succeeds at the box office. Thank heavens he didn’t keep his vow. 😛

    2. Vikram Bhatt made Inteha in 2003 with Ashmit Patel, Nauheed Cyrusi and Vidya Malwade. The film didn’t do well. He remade it as Aetbaar in 2004 with huge names like Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham and Bipasha Basu. This one too didn’t do well.

    Was discussing this with a friend recently. It amazes me how these filmmakers remake their own film in such a short span and, interestingly, both fail in impressing the audience. 🙂

    • Hi Keyur! Love when you stop by.

      1. I actually remember the whole ‘James’/’Shiva’ spectacle when it was going on at the time, but when I tried to look into it further, (simply to get my facts right for the list) I found no mention of the controversy on Wikipedia or anywhere else. So decided to leave it out, rather than speak out of my ass. :p

      2. I actually didn’t know that ‘Aetbaar’ was Bhatt’s own remake. I saw ‘Aetbaar’… wasn’t it basically also a remake of ‘Fear’ with Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon?

      It’s kind of sad, also I guess persistent of a filmmaker to keep remaking their own films, to correct their own mistakes. I’d rather personally see those mistakes corrected in future original films myself. As a lot of other filmmakers have gone on to do.

      Thanks for the comment Keyur.

      • Keyur Seta says:

        Hi Shahid. Thanks for your kind words. Pleasure is mine 🙂

        I am surprised that there isn’t any info about Shiva and James. I heard it during RGV interview.

        Yes, Inteha was a copy of Fear. Then he copied it again as Aetbaar. Vikram Bhatt is the only filmmaker in the world who copied a film twice 😀 Lol.

  2. Keyur Seta says:

    Coming to the topic of your original post, apart from Don, Agneepath and Chashme Baddoor, all remakes have failed in Bollywood. There is a craze for remakes despite such low success rate.

    • I feel like that’s another issue of Bollywood just imitating Hollywood. The trend has seen much more success in Hollywood, so B-Town I guess wants to just do the same, regardless of success rate.

      The South remakes though, are a LOT more successful. That would be another list. Albeit a never ending one. 😐

      • Keyur Seta says:

        It is a clear case of imitating Hollywood. Most of these remakes have failed maybe because the makers wanted to remake a popular film/ classic just for the sake of remaking 🙂

        South list is a good idea. Will be a long list.

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