Plagiarism is everywhere, even in the film industry. Many films are remade officially or simply copied without giving credits. Most of the remakes are flops but some are appreciated.
When it comes to copying, Bollywood is one of the best examples. Various movies from different countries have been remade or copied. Some of them gave credits while some denied.
It is fact that Korean movies have great plot, cinematography, music and action. Whatever be the genre of the film, South Korea nails them all.
Bollywood Remakes Of Korean Movies
Korean movies are one of the best when it comes to storyline, acting & plot twists. In recent years, Bollywood has copied the plot or even dialogues from popular Korean movies.
Here are 13 Bollywood movies that have taken inspiration or simply copied Korean films. Some critics bashed them for their copied work while some appreciated their efforts.
Awarapan is a 2007 Indian Hindi language film directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Mukesh Bhatt, starring Emraan Hashmi, Shriya Saran, Mrinalini Sharma, and Ashutosh Rana.
A hitman is asked to keep an eye on his boss’ mistress. However, when he learns that she is being exploited, he decides to rescue her from the clutches of his boss.
It is an uncredited remake of the film A Bittersweet Life, written and directed by Kim Jee Woon. It stars Lee Byung Hun, Kim Yeong Cheol, Shin Min Ah & Hwang Jung Min.
Bharat is a 2019 Indian Hindi language film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani, and Jackie Shroff.
During the India-Pakistan partition, a family gets torn apart leaving Bharat, one of the children, in charge of the remaining members. All his life he tries to keep the promise he made to his father.
The movie is based on the 2014 film Ode to My Father, directed by Yoon Je Kyoon. It stars Hwang Jung Min and Yunjin Kim. The remake was not appreciated by the audience & has very low ratings.
Dhamaka is a 2021 Indian Hindi language film directed by Ram Madhvani & produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Amita Madhvani & Ram Madhvani. The film stars Kartik Aaryan in the leading role of a journalist.
An ambitious news anchorman monopolizes the live broadcast of a terrorist attack following the explosion of Mapo Bridge on the Han River, as the story unfolds within the narrow confines of a radio booth.
It is an official remake of the 2014 film The Terror Live, written and directed by Kim Byung Woo, starring Ha Jung Woo. Dhamaka was rated average and is now available on Netflix.
4. Do Lafzon Ki Kahani
Do Lafzon Ki Kahani is a 2016 Indian Hindi language film written by Girish Dhamija and directed by Deepak Tijori. It stars Randeep Hooda and Kajal Aggarwal.
A budding relationship between Sooraj, a boxer with an awful past, and Jenny, a girl with visual impairment, experiences challenges after they discover each other’s pasts.
It is a remake of the 2011 film Always, directed by Song Il Gon & starring So Ji Sub and Han Hyo Joo in the lead roles. The remake was not appreciated & has received very low ratings.
5. Ek Villain
Ek Villain is a 2014 Indian Hindi language film directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures. It stars Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, and Aamna Sharif.
Guru is a gangster whose life changes after he falls in love with Aisha and decides to mend his ways. When Aisha gets murdered by a serial killer, Guru begins to search for the culprit.
Ek Villain was earlier reported to be a remake of the 2010 Korean film I Saw the Devil, though Suri, the director, refuted the claim. The film is directed by Kim Jee Woon, starring Lee Byung Hun and Choi Min Sik.
6. Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story
Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story is a 2013 Indian film directed by Vinnil Markan, and produced by Kumar S. Taurani. The film stars Vivek Oberoi opposite Neha Sharma in lead roles.
Simran, an engineering graduate, struggles to settle in Mumbai and lands in a hostile neighborhood. Jayantabhai, a small-time gangster, helps and falls in love with her but her father disapproves.
The film is a remake of the 2010 Korean film My Gangster Lover (My Dear Desperado), written and directed by Kim Kwang Sik, and starring Park Joong Hoon and Jung Yu Mi. It was also remade in the Tamil language.
Jazbaa is a 2015 Indian film directed by Sanjay Gupta. It stars Aishwarya Rai and Irrfan Khan in the lead roles. The film marked Aishwarya’s return on screen after a five-year break.
Anuradha, an honest lawyer, and a single mother finds herself in a do-or-die situation when her daughter Sanaya is kidnapped. The kidnapper then blackmails her to defend a rapist.
The film is a remake of the 2007 film Seven Days, directed by Won Shin Yun, starring Yunjin Kim and Park Hee Soon. The remake has received a mixed reaction from the audience.
8. Murder 2
Murder 2 is a 2011 Indian Hindi language film directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Mukesh Bhatt. It stars Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Prashant Narayanan.
Arjun, an ex-police officer, is hired to trace missing sex workers. When Reshma, a young prostitute, recruited to entice the abductor goes missing, Arjun needs to find her.
The film is alleged to be based on the 2008 film The Chaser, though the producer denied this. The Chaser is directed by Na Hing Jin & stars Kim Yoon Seok and Ha Jung Woo.
Radhe is a 2021 Indian Hindi language directed by Prabhu Deva, produced by Salman & Sohail Khan, Atul Agnihotri & Zee Studios. It stars Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda, and Jackie Shroff.
The film is about Radhe, a daredevil encounter specialist of the Mumbai Police force, who vows to knock down the crime syndicate led by an evil drug lord.
The core plot of the film is based on the 2017 Korean film The Outlaws, directed by Kang Yoon Sung. The film stars Ma Dong Seok and Yoon Kye Sang. Radhe got the worst ratings.
10. Rocky Handsome
Rocky Handsome is a 2016 Indian Hindi language film directed by Nishikant Kamat & written by Ritesh Shah. It stars John Abraham and Diya Chalwad in the lead roles.
Kabir, a young man who runs a pawn shop in Goa, befriends his little neighbor Naomi, a bright eight-year-old girl. After she gets abducted, he goes on a vengeful spree to get her back.
It is an official adaptation of the 2010 Korean film The Man from Nowhere, starring Won Bin and written and directed by Lee Jeong Beom. The remake received mixed ratings.
11. Singh Is Bliing
Singh Is Bliing is a 2015 Indian Hindi language film directed by Prabhu Deva and produced by Grazing Goat Pictures. It features Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Lara Dutta, and Kay Kay Menon in lead roles.
Raftaar Singh always runs away from responsibilities. Frustrated by his behavior, his father asks him to either marry Sweety or relocate to Goa and work with his father’s friend.
It is a remake of the 2016 Korean film named My Wife Is a Gangster 3, directed by Jo Jin Kyu, starring Shu Qi, Lee Beom Soo & Hyun Young. The remake is loved by the audience.
Te3n is a 2016 Indian Hindi language film written and directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Padmavati Rao, and Vidya Balan.
John Biswas, a 70-year-old man who visits the police station regularly, seeks help from a priest and a police officer in his quest to find the people who kidnapped and killed his granddaughter.
It is a remake of the 2013 Korean film Montage, directed by Jeong Keun Seob. It features Uhm Jung Hwa, Kim Sang Kyung, and Song Young Chang. The remake was a commercial failure at the box office.
Zinda is a 2006 Indian Hindi language film starring John Abraham, Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta, and Celina Jaitly. The film was directed by Sanjay Gupta & written by Gupta and Suresh Nair.
After being held imprisoned in a room for 14 years, Balajeet Roy is suddenly released. Thereafter, he goes on a quest to look for the people who wronged him.
It is a remake of the 2003 high-rated Korean film Oldboy, co-written and directed by Park Chan Wook. It stars Choi Min Sik, Yoo Ji Tae & Kang Hye Jung. It is bad to see a remake of this masterpiece.
14. Ugly Aur Pagli
Ugly Aur Pagli is a 2008 Indian Hindi comedy film directed by Sachin Khot and produced by Pritish Nandy. It stars Ranvir Shorey and Mallika Sherawat.
The story of the strange relationship between Kabir, a young Mumbai engineering student and Kuhu, a girl he meets on the train.
It is an uncredited remake of the film My Sassy Girl, written by Kim Ho Sik and directed by Kwak Jae Yong. It stars Cha Tae Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun. Many scenes are taken directly from the original movie.
So, these were some of the Korean movies that were remade in Bollywood. Some of them received appreciation while some received very low ratings. Anyway, it’s people’s choice whether to watch the original movie or its remake.
If you want to watch these Bollywood movies, you can watch some of them on YouTube & others on paid platforms (Hotstar, JioTV, etc). The Korean movies can be watched on free streaming sites.
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