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Notebook, Badla, Lal Singh Chadha – here’s a look at Bollywood’s affair with film adaptations

We have come up with a list of recent Hindi films that are official remakes or adaptations of Hollywood and foreign language films



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Cinema is one of the most religiously followed and unanimously loved art form in the world. There are films being made in numerous countries and infinite languages. Adaptations and remakes of films from different industries is a normal practice but it has become quite a popular trend in the last decade or so. While films in the past have been accused of not giving credit to its source films, there has been a welcome change of crediting the original flicks in recent times. The world has its eyes on Bollywood right now and the makers have become more aware about making official adaptations instead of plagiarizing content. The Hindi film industry this year is adapting many foreign language films, a few classics as well. While the lineup looks interesting, let’s have a look at the films that have been adapted or inspired by the films from different industries in recent times.t


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Produced by Salman Khan, Notebook marks Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan Bahl’s debut in Bollywood. Notebook is the official adaptation of the 2014 Thai film Teacher’s Diary, which was also nominated for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign language Film category. Let’s see what magic the Notebook creates on the big screen.

Lal Singh Chadha

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You have to be living under a rock if you aren’t aware that Aamir Khan is starring in the official remake of Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump. Aamir on his birthday confirmed the news of the remake and announced the title to be Lal Singh Chadha. He will be playing a sardar and it will be shot in Delhi, Himachal and different parts in North India. We are eagerly waiting for this.


Salman Khan seems to be obsessed with official adaptations. His film Tubelight was adapted from the American film Little Boy. His 2019 Eid release, Bharat, is an official remake of the 2014 South Korean drama Ode To My Father. The film follows the journey of the protagonist through a long stretch of time and features him in different looks. The original portrayed the Korean history while Bharat will be set in India.

Veteran remake

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Salman Khan recently disclosed that remake of another South Korean movie is in the pipeline. This project will be an adaptation of the 2015 hit Veteran. The film is an investigative story that features a cop and a millionaire. It was a huge success in the South Korean box office. With Salman as the lead, it will be great to see how the film performs.

Dil Bechara

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If you are a fan of the teen drama, The Fault In Our Stars, based on the book by John Green, the Hindi version of the movie is in the making. While the remake’s been in the talks since a long time, it will star Sushant Singh Rajput and debutant Sanjana Sanghi. The story is about two star-crossed lovers, both battling with cancer, and as the story unfolds, we get to see a lot of intense scenes. The original starred Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley.


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The recently released film Badla that starred Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in the lead was an adaptation of the Spanish thriller The Invisible Guest. Released in 2017, the original was quite loved by the cinema lovers and the remake has also created a big buzz!


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Sriram Raghavan’s 2018 release Andhadhun has made a place for itself in the category of classics. The movie drew inspiration from the short film The Piano Tuner. The adaptation has won hearts in India and has garnered many accolades. The remake stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte and the eternal beauty Tabu.