Bollywood has always been accused of “getting inspired” or in plain language – copying from foreign or regional films and shows. Whether it’s about movies, lyrics, costumes, or dialogues – the Hindi film industry has copied it all. What’s surprising is that some filmmakers have gone to the extent of copying even posters. And that too without any modifications. It makes us wonder where is the originality.
Here’s a list of movie posters that were copied from foreign films – pixel by pixel.
1. Anjaana Anjaani (2010)
This movie starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra copied its poster from the Hollywood film – An Education.
2. Gulaal (2009)
While it was a critically acclaimed movie, Gulaal’s movie poster was copied from an American drama series titled The Shield.
3. Agent Vinod (2012)
Agent Vinod’s movie poster was copied from Johnny English Reborn, and to what extent!
4. Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)
Yes, one of the movies starring even Mr. Perfect – Aamir Khan, copied its poster from a Hollywood classic. Tom Hanks and Megan Ryan starrer Sleepless in Seattle “inspired” Akele Hum Akele Tum’s poster.
5. Marjawaan (song) from Bell Bottom (2021)
Bell Bottom was released in 2021. The hit song Marjaawaan’s poster from this movie had Vaani Kapoor and Akshay Kumar, in a very similar posture an Instagram photo shared by Influencer Camille’s (backpackdiariez).
6. Ra.One (2011)
Ra.One was a movie that is infamous for its bloopers. But did you know its poster is a blatant copy of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.
7. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
This cult movie by Zoya Akhtar inspired many of us to go on memorable trips with our friends. But it faltered on one aspect. The poster of the film seems to be inspired by a Hollywood film titled Lords Of Dog Town released in 2005.
8. Xpose (2014)
This movie not just copied the script, but also the poster from the Hollywood superhit – The Great Gatsby.
9. Hulchul (2004)
We are sure the posters of Hulchul and My Big Fat Greek Wedding can be used to play – Spot the difference!
10. Hisss (2010)
Hisss’ poster was copied from the movie King Arthur which was released in 2004.
11. Rowdy Rathore (2012)
While the movie itself was an official remake of the 2006 Telugu film Vikramarkudu, the makers could have at least created an original poster. But they went ahead and copied it from The Replacement Killers.
12. PK (2014)
You’ll be surprised to know that Rajkumar Hirani’s movie – PK – copied the poster from a music album titled Quim Barreiros that was released in 1973.
13. Aitraaz (2004)
Aitraaz was an amazing film. But its poster was copied from a 1967 release – The Graduate.
14. Phoonk 2 (2010)
The poster of Phoonk 2 is copied from a Korean movie titled The Chaser. This proves Bollywood not only copies from Hollywood, but from all over the globe.
15. Bahubali: The Beginning (2015)
This one was an epic in its own right. But the makers of Bahubali: The Beginning, copied the poster from Simon Birch. Well, we would want to ask them – Why oh why!
16. Ghajini (2008)
Another super hit movie by Aamir Khan, Ghajini seemed to draw inspiration for the poster from The Incredible Hulk.
17. Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? (2010)
The poster of Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? was copied from a Hollywood film titled License to Wed released in 2007. We are not surprised!
18. Murder 3 (2013)
Murder 3’s movie poster seems to be a copy from Megan Fox starrer Jennifer’s Body. So much for being original.
19. Zero (2018)
This movie, with superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, was utterly disappointing, to say the least. But, what makes it worse if that the movie’s poster seems to be copied from a French movie titled Un Homme À La Hauteur.
20. Ek Villain (2014)
Have a look at the poster of Ek Villain (released in 2014) and Step Up (released in 2006). Do you see any difference? Neither do we!
While Bollywood had given us some great gems over the years, we would really want more filmmakers to focus on originality.