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58 Posters That Bollywood Shamelessly Copied

August 24, 2017
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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, Bollywood has surely flattered a whole bunch of artists with its ‘inspiration’ from their original art. While ‘borrowing’ plotlines, action sequences and music is a horror in itself, Bollywood filmmakers haven’t even left posters alone! This article shows 58 prime examples of our creative adaptation of everything from Hollywood posters to video games and novel covers.

 

Posters Inspired From Other Movie Posters

1. Jaani Dushman (1979) – Inspired from ‘Horror Of Dracula’

2. Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) – Inspired from ‘Sleepless n Seattle’

3. Bhoot (2003) – Inspired from ‘Final Destination 2’ 

4. Hulchul (2004) – Inspired from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’

5. Aitraaz (2004) – Inspired from ‘ The Graduate’

6. Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005) – Inspired from ‘3 Iron’

7. Naksha (2006) – Inspired from ‘Sahara’

8. Johnny Gaddar (2007) – Inspired from ‘The Big Lebowski’

9. Ghajini (2008) – Inspired from ‘The Incredible Hulk’

10. Ugly Aur Pagli (2008) – Inspired from ‘Till Death’

11. Gulaal (2009) – Inspired from ‘The Shield’

12. Phoonk 2 (2010) – Inspired from ‘Chaser’

13. Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (2010) – Inspired from ‘Licensed To Wed’

14. Kites (2010) – Inspired from ‘The Notebook’

15. Jism 2 (2010) – Inspired from ‘Skin’

16. Hisss (2010) – Inspired from ‘King Arthur’

17. Anjaana Anjaani (2010) -Inspired from ‘An Education’

18. Murder 2 (2011) – Inspired from ‘Bad Guy’

19. Murder 2 (2011) – Inspired from ‘Antichrist’

20. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) – Inspired from ‘Lords Of Dogtown’

21. Mausam (2011) – Inspired from ‘Titanic’

22. Ra.One (2011) – Inspired from ‘Tron’

23. Ra.One (2011) – Inspired from ‘Batman Begins’

24. Damadamm (2011) – Inspired from ‘Mad’

25. Agent Vinod (2012) – Inspired from ‘Johnny English’

26. Jannat 2 (2012) – Inspired from ‘The Mechanic’

27. Rowdy Rathore (2012) – Inspired from ‘The Replacement Killers’

28. Dangerous Ishq (2012) – Inspired from ‘Sex in the City 2

29. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) – Inspired from ‘Total Recall’

30. Khiladi 786 (2012) – Inspired from ‘Drunken Master’

31. Talaash (2012) -Inspired from ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’

32. Murder 3 (2013) – Inspired from ‘True Blood’/’Jennifer’s Body

33. The Lunchbox (2013) – Inspired from ‘Looper’

34. The Xpose (2014)- Inspired from ‘The Great Gatsby’

As an added bonus (and because we just love Himesh ;-P), here’s two other examples of Himesh’s creativity from the said film:

35. Ek Villain (2014) – Inspired from ‘Face Off’

36. Ek Villain (2014) – Inspired from ‘Safe Haven’

37. Ek Villain (2014) – Inspired from ‘Step Up’

38. Creature 3D (2014) – Inspired from ‘Jeepers Creepera’

39. Happy New Year (2014) – Inspired from ‘Cash’ (Yes. Another Bollywood Film!)

40. PK (2014) – Inspired from ‘Quim Barreiros’

41. Badlapur (2015) – Inspired from ‘300’

42. Badlapur (2015) – Inspired from ‘Inception’

43. Bahubali: The Beginning (2015) – Inspired from ‘Simon’s Birch’

44. Bombay Velvet (2015) – Inspired from ‘Gone With The Wind’

45. Phantom (2015) – Inspired from ‘Homefront’

46. Ishq Forever (2016) – Inspired from ‘I’ 

47. Dishoom (2016) – Inspired from ‘Due Date’

48. Dangal (2016) – Inspired from ‘Mud Men’

49. Bhoomi (2017) – Inspired from ‘The Grey’

Posters Inspired From Video Games

50. Drona (2008) – Inspired from ‘Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time’

51. Ek Tha Tiger (2012) – Inspired from ‘Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time’

52. Ek Tha Tiger (2012) – Inspired from ‘Unchartered 3: Drake’s Deception)

53. Mr. X (2015) – Inspired from ‘Max Payne 2’

54. Captain Nawab (2017) – Inspired from ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops’

Posters Inspired From Other Media

55. Heroine (2012) – Inspired from novel ‘The Last Flamingoes Of Bombay’

56. Heroine (2012) – Inspired from a Mariah Carey album cover

57. Hunterrr (2015) – Inspired from TV Show ‘Brand X 

58. Bhaiyyaji Superhitt (2017) – Inspired from a Johnny Depp Photoshoot

And so that you don’t feel completely disheartened at the lack of originality and inspiration in India, here’s an album cover by Canadian duo Tennyson inspired by a beloved Indian 90’s Classic:

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